Artist and songwriter NICO J WOUTERS aims high with this release, showcasing both his professionalism and skill as a producer, and also his smooth flow as a singer and writer The song is called “HIDING THE TRUTH” and it is about hiding how you truly feel. Scared to reveal the truth. Great guitar riffs reflect internal pressure within. There is a retro feel to the music.
There’s an air of confidence throughout the track, its central concept is that of possibility and empowerment – it’s an anthem for the dreamers who work hard, and it represents this in every way. The beat is subtle but mighty, meaning it gives off a certain calmness – a feeling of being capable and collected – and yet it also drives in the direction of getting things done.
The great thing about a track like this is that it pays tribute to an idea or creative gesture that worked well a while back, and it reinvents it in some fresh, respectful yet new and exciting way. Whether you know the original sound or not, this feels like the work of experienced producers and artists – there’s everything you might hope for in rock escapism, but there’s also plenty that’s atmospheric; masses of detail, finely crafted layers and intricacies that make the journey all the more captivating.
Things start off slowly, building up around you and enveloping you in the rising intensity. Then when the beat drops, certain fragments of familiarity loop out, not in an overbearing manner but in a totally accessible, energizing one. Where in the beginning this feels like a cinematic composition, in the end it’s far more of your go-to banger as the winter rave season kicks in.
Structural strengths are primarily shown in the vocal changes – the opening melody switches to a more rhythmic and harder hitting performance, then you get a classic rock delivery with a totally retro style; one that’s again nostalgic and comforting to have filled the room.
There’s a laid back aura to the whole thing that lets you settle in and forget the rat race for a while. Every artist involved puts in the perfect kind of energy and perspective to keep the track moving and to hold on to that underlying sentiment and the general groove of the completed piece. You don’t get too many tracks of this nature these days but hopefully the sound is making a comeback. An easy must for the playlist.