Bo Johnson is an artist who recently released Falling. The four songs are fairly straightforward pop songs that meld elements of electronic music. Although I’ve personally never heard of Johnson before or his music he has been involved with music for a long time and started his own label years ago.
The EP starts with the title track “Falling (feat. Evan)” and everything has super pop like production. All the instruments sound like they are electronic and you get a lot of synths, programmed drums and many of the elements you have heard in pop music before. The song is straight accessible 4/4 and the structure itself didn’t contain any surprises as it progressed.
Up next is “Humming Waves” which is a little of a deeper cut with sub bass, warbly synths and more. This was the highlight for me. The groove definitely kicks and the breakdown reminds me of Burial at points. There is no lead vocal which I was perfectly fine with.
“I Hear You Tonight” is actually just straight pop and more so a ballad. There are organic instruments on this song. This is the sort of song you might hear on The Voice or American Idol. Last up is just the instrumental version.
The three songs felt separate to me. “Humming Waves” has a slightly more underground indie feel like Jon Hopkins, Fennesz or other like-minded artists. “I Hear You Tonight” sounded like a different artist to me and I never would have guessed it was the same release.
This music appeals to a very broad demographic. It’s not niche, experimental or plays with convention in any sense. There is certainly an audience for that. The production is super clean, sheen and very recognizable in a commercially viable type of way.
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