Devyn’s latest musical offering certainly secures his spot as an alternative and creative musician and songwriter. “Feeling Alive” intrigues with its title alone, then once you arrive, this otherworldly soundscape erupts into life.
The music presents an ambient storyline, the details of which are explored through both the lyrics and the way the instrumentation and the effects collide and gather as the track progresses. The opening few moments introduce a calm, confident, yet somewhat experimental piece of music, complete with distorted, indie anthem-style soundscape, and an equal measure of hip hop-driven, dreamlike samples, and synths. Soon enough, Devyn’s voice creates something completely new on top of what was already a pretty compelling and atmospheric piece of audio.
The type of rap that Devyn offers up has a lot to it that is fairly fresh sounding. He’s not simply mimicking other artists and is not particularly reminiscent of anyone else at all – which is great; that voice is his, everything from the tone, the mellow yet deep performance style, and even the slight hint of an accent, you know who you’re listening to. The flow of the rap performance is really easy to listen to, it adds to the summertime vibe created by the music and the chorus melody, and so the whole thing is very complete sounding – every element is united, working in the same direction, setting the same scene.
Some of the instruments used in this track are quite unusual, so although the track has a very classic feel to it – that nostalgia we all crave – there is a lot about it that is brand new, and that’s something that speaks volumes. It’s the kind of track that really gets you geared up for the good times, encapsulating the right kind of mood for summer. Some of those retro synth sounds are subsequently really effective in this setting.
Individuality is hugely important in independent music, and with Devyn
’s music you get a good mixture of this with a comforting sense of familiarity – the music put out has been written and produced by a lover and evident master of the genre. For where it falls in the music world, it’s a job done superbly, not least of all because of that undeniably catchy and memorable hook. The good news is, there’s plenty more music where that came from – Devyn is a dedicated artist with a whole collection of music for you to delve into.