Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this edition of the Independent Spotlight, we’re going to be shining our gaze on an upcoming indie artist, Jamie Alimorad, and his new tune, ‘Rock Me To Heaven.’ The new track has been produced and written by Grammy-nominated Gino Vannelli, and it’s also the first insight into a full album from the collaboration due out later this year. Thus, it has all the makings of a very promising endeavor. Is it one, though? Let’s find out.
‘Rock Me To Heaven’ is a well-executed jaunt through ballad penning and delivery. It’s a lovely ode to a significant other that isn’t ostentatiously produced or overly kitschy. That’s very important, difficult territory to navigate. I’d argue Alimorad and Vannelli do so quite tactfully. There isn’t a moment of ‘Rock Me To Heaven’ that feels too trope-driven, unlike most indie soft rock ballads of its kind.
Part of that success is the sincerity behind Alimorad’s performance. He’s got a great voice that’s accentuated beautifully by a female vocalist on the latter half of the piece. He doesn’t attempt to ‘own’ the landscape of the song. Rather, he occupies it in harmony pretty elegantly with the instrumentation. This adds to the sincerity, especially in the final moments as the vocal melodies bounce off one another superbly.
From a production stance, ‘Rock Me To Heaven’ doesn’t do anything new, but it also doesn’t do anything wrong. It’s simplistic, employing instrumentation and reverberated soundscapes you’d expect from this sort of tune. That’s not a bad thing at all. It isn’t a surprising track, but it’s not supposed to be. It’s designed to be soothing and soft. It does that very well, and the brevity of the production and performance helps achieve that effect.
‘Rock Me To Heaven’ is a promising indication of the full album later this year being something worth keeping tabs on. I’m not sure if you can have a full record of this style, though, so I’m intrigued as to how Vannelli will push Alimorad forward into new territory throughout the collection. Spin the song on SoundCloud now!