"Sea of Stars" by Lemon BoyReview
I hope you have been enjoying the track "Flamingo" on ‘Hot Music Live Presents Volume Four'? I'm pleased to share with you now the latest single from Lemon Boy, that is to say "Sea of Stars" which came out yesterday.
In fact this song first appeared on his album ‘Fading Voices' last year, but this is a new mix for us.
As you'll know, I was knocked out by the originality of Luke Bate's work at the first listening so new material from him is always most welcome. "Sea of Stars" sounds distinctly different to "Flamingo": this is clearly an artist who while staying true to himself does not want to repeat himself either. What remains a constant is the simplicity of the arrangement & ethereal beauty of the overall sound: the evocation of nature too. Less obviously "eastern" in its sonic character than other work of his I've heard, it perhaps shares with say Japanese pictorial art & poetry the desire to say more via less.
The unusual soundscape is dominated by three major elements: a very prominent snare drum, a compelling vocal (which occasionally reminded me of Ian Curtis) & a guitar figure almost endlessly repeated with subtle variations, the overall effect being hypnotic & creating an impression of the vastness of the open sea. In comparing the single version with that which came out in 2019, I'd say that he has opted to accentuate the dreamy spaciness of the mix & after repeated plays, I probably am now drawn more to this one. I certainly hope you'll appreciate its considerable& unique beauty too.