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 afternoon’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we shine our gaze on Jett Allen, an indie composer and arranger who has been releasing a dynamic palette of work on Soundcloud for the better part of the last year. His latest studio endeavor and upcoming release is entitled ‘See The Hero Off,’ a mystical instrumental that harkens back to the 1980s in style. Let’s delve into the tune and see if it’s worth including in one’s collection of instrumental music!
‘See The Hero Off’ is an intriguing piece of music because it’s quite unlike anything else that comes across my desk. Though I receive instrumental compositions on a near-daily basis, they aren’t in the vein of this single at all. The track’s sharp, melodic synthesizers sound like they’re background music to ‘The Neverending Story’ or ‘Labyrinth.’ If you’ve ever seen a 1980s fantasy film, ‘See The Hero Off’ sounds like it would be perfectly at home in it.
That’s a high compliment, too. Those soundtracks, while often sounding dated nowadays, have a particularly special grasp on conjuring a magical atmosphere. The reverb soaked landscape of ‘See The Hero Off’ is chock-full of intrigue and excitement - something important is on the horizon, and the ‘hero’ is off to see to it. The synthesizers waterfall back and forth in gorgeous fashion, accented stunningly by the inclusion of an electrifying guitar section. The production is terrific, too, and 'See The Hero Off' is well-suited for a quality sound system. Listening to it in an actual studio was an auditory treat.
‘See The Hero Off’ isn’t the kind of composition you’d hear in a contemporary film or piece of media, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take notice of it. If you’re inclined to enjoy instrumental compositions with similar sonic themes to the television and film of the 1980s, you’ll adore ‘See The Hero Off.’ For older listeners, it may be a nostalgic trip down memory lane. For younger music goers, they may discover a sound they surely haven’t heard at all, or since their early childhood. The production and execution of the single is fantastic, making it well worth including in one's independent music collection.
Give Jett Allen’s music a spin below.