Bland Orlando's first artistic release entitled Blue - Hold - Wasted is an approachable and heart led EP that is reminiscent of Jack Johnson with a bit more jazz, a little more sensuality and subtle naivety. This was a treat to listen to.
"Blue" is that deep kiss that comes from the naive love that is poetic exquisiteness. It is folk roots with an electronic sound. Orlando really captured a purity in “Blue” that I have not heard in a long time from artists.
In "Hold" Orlando used a sampled and pitch shifted bass harmonic. All the drums in the song are played using MIDI pads. You would not know that everything is recorded from scratch. It is a very laid back track. I felt a more Sam Smith vibe in the second song rather than Jack Johnson in the first.
The third and final song of the album "Wasted" has a different feeling all together. A new consciousness is imbued in this one as even the effect on the vocals is like Bon Iver or Iron and Wine. We still get that thread of folk rootedness, still giving that sensual goodness but less naivety as the album goes on.
I look forward to even more music from Bland Orlando and I hope he keeps this depth, this rooted folk rhythm and beautiful combination of the three artists that came through while listening - Jack Johnson, Bon Iver and Sam Smith. He definitely has his own unique sound but with all of those three together I do not know of another new artist that has come on the scene that captures these emotions so beautifully.
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