The latest release, “Open-Hearted Mind” from PLAyCE, a Vienna/Austria-based songwriter and producer-duo featuring Astrid on vocals, is a sophisticated, artistically compelling, and rhythmic fantasy – the perfect Jazz / Contemporary Pop and Soul mix. This piece is an intelligent, poetically captivating, and rhythmic dream — the ideal Jazz / Contemporary Pop and Soul combination.
“Open-Hearted Mind,” which encapsulates the artists’ tone and talent, is both theoretically thoughtful and stylistically pure. Clean-cut vocals and the organic instrumentation setup provide a welcome change of pace in the Contemporary Pop environment.
PLAyCE’s flow grows on you throughout the song. The music continues to make acceptable use of vocal theatrics, diverse flows, and equal parts melody and voice, with a surprisingly organic, colorful, and live-sounding backdrop.
The song’s hook, which rises from quiet lyrics and an equally chilled beat, strikes with a rhythmically addictive, jazz-kissed aura, lighting the room and infusing a precise level of energy and intensity that’s perfectly well-placed.
Beautifully executed, this is a subtly powerful production that is theoretically on track throughout and introduces a wide variety of PLAyCE’s abilities and goals as a duo of artists.
Nonetheless, there’s a sense that there’s a lot more to come. Well worth knowing about, easy music to appreciate, from a creative pair who will almost certainly put on a magnificent live show when the time comes.