“Kieran James” has outdone himself once again with this latest release. The atmospheric and dream-like soundscape that unfolds is anything but the expected pathway of R&B, it lays a thoughtful foundation upon which the artist’s passionate and captivating performance shines beautifully.
Kieran James is a rhythm-and-blues singer based in London, England. Known amongst his fans for his sonic versatility and conscious lyricism, his music explores romance, suffering and morality.
The movement of this track is superb, the flow lays on top of the rhythm in a flawless and captivating way – you find yourself as moved by the progression of the lyricism as you do the gradually developing soundscape. The stop and start nature of the mix adds to the creativity, that minimal yet crucial element of structure works wonders for the long term enjoyment of the piece. The switch to the melodic hook furthers this effect, and in between all of this you hang on the emotional truth and loving dedication of the song’s sentiment in a way that seems so authentic and deeply human.
The riffs on this track are actually fantastic, and the rhythm of the music is not the only driving force behind the energy – the delivery of the melody has a certain pattern to it that offers a similarly addictive and uplifting quality. On top of all of this, you get a real showman presenting the music to you. Anything sounds better when the artist showcasing it is already, clearly in love with the process – it’s a great thing to experience.
The single has been brilliantly crafted, from the gentle and easy to relax to ambiance, to the creative variety as the beat moves along, to the precise and satisfying display of lyrical flow – everything about it presents equal parts professionalism and character. You get a sense of secure identity and personality, the sort that will bring audiences back for more releases as they seek out that familiar sound from here on in. And the professional element, the crisp and compelling power of the audio, makes for a complete and enjoyable release that is incredibly easy to vibe to. Taking just a snippet of pop, of R&B, of funk, and fusing them by means of this fresh and peaceful soundscape – “Rev 17”is a solid and memorable release.