“NICO J WOUTERS” returns this month with a beautiful song that has been recorded in a raw yet wonderful manner. The release is fairly simplistic instrumentally, yet you can tell from the first few lines the singer performs that something very real and emotional has been captured. Sometimes you just need to catch that perfect moment when recording new music, and all else will fall into place. That’s definitely what you get here. This is the life of a relationship that has come to an end. True love hurts when you try and finish it. Song is about how we deceive ourselves that things are okay but really the relationship is over. Inspired by difficult relationships over the conditions of the last two years. Great harmonies with a bittersweet tone to the vocals.
“TRUE LOVE HURTS” is a dreamlike piece of music and writing, teetering between the hypnotically smooth and the somewhat edgier and angst-driven. The leading vocal has a tone and performance style that seems amazing, partly awesome to connect. The sound is reminiscent of NICO J WOUTERS’s work in a way, the slurred melody, the rise and the fall of those lines. The tune wraps itself around you, and the sincerity of that vocal, backed up by a more distant, louder, higher-end vocal part, makes for an all-round atmospheric and intense experience.
It’s not a song that simply plays and then leaves you alone. The latter half of the track is nothing but music; soundscape, a brief snippet of final lyricism to see things out. The song fills the room entirely as it plays, and it’s really a case of the louder the better.
The first thing to strike you about this release from NICO J WOUTERS is the crisp and intimate finish of the recording. The simple strum of a soundscape sounds relevantly blissful, as does the leading vocal that follows. Once involved, the simple emotion and rising intensity of the song and the music surround you in the way that any effective and addictive song dealing with the deepest of human emotions should do. It captivates for its realness, the leading vocal has a genuinely passionate sound, not to mention a flawless ability to carry those varying notes with style and certainty.
The hook repeats and repeats, soaking over you, making sure you remember it, and during those moments the words come through as honest and considerate. The simplicity of the music works really well, the production has a retro crackle about it that assists in building those classic vibes, and that melody hits with impact almost instantly. One to look out for.