There is no denying that Nick Deutsch makes pop music that has a similar production aesthetics, structure and overall feel to that you would find on a popular FM radio station. It’s music that is meant to be digested by the masses and go down with ease. The concepts and ideas he paints are simple enough for a fifth grader to understand and also broad enough that anyone can relate to. And at its core isn’t that what pop music is intended for. Whether or not you are someone who indulges in top 40 pop there is no denying that Deutsch’s recent release Crazy Ride is superbly produced with a number of well-written songs.
The first song from the EP is entitled “Green Light,” which dabbles in universal themes such as heartbreak, loss, perseverance and hope. It starts with a hypnotic piano melody and vocals, which is quickly followed by the steady thud of a heavy kick drum, which gives it a dance vibe.
Deutsch implements frequently used effects such as delay and filters on his voice, which gives it even more of that top 40 feel. The song initially dabbles in melancholy over loss but by its end it turns grandiose and triumphant. He sings, “No turning back - I see a green light” as an arpeggiated synths, drums and bass provide uplifting melody.
The second track “The Static” features a debut with Marissa Pontecorvo, which scales back the dance beat and synths for more organic instrumentation. This song appeals to radio even more than the first song. There is no denying they sound great together and belt it out.
Deutsch closes with “Run,” which arguably has the most infectious melodies on the album. The production is top notch as he implements a number of pro techniques that make the song fluid and smooth.
Let’s be honest. If you are eagerly awaiting the new Ty Segall Band album you probably won't be into Nick Deutsch but if you enjoy watching “The Voice” this music might be right up your alley. Deutsch knows exactly what he’s doing and he is setting himself up for someone you may be hearing a lot more of in the not too distant future.
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