By musical standards Remayn would be considered a late bloomer. He began writing music at age 26. No high school garage phase, no childhood calling. I find this very interesting as it somehow compliments his latest album Pressure. He hails from Eastbourne, England and I can taste a bit of his environment within his very low fi indie rock style. Everything is saturated. I can hear the rain and see the fog. The album is very dense with atmosphere.
Remayn's song setup is a low key setup of acoustic guitar combined with electronic ambiance. The vocals are electronically engineered to settle almost into the background as a distant, haunting call. When he does get a littler more intimate with his vocal work you're allowed to hear what a truly great vocalist he is. One thing on my wish list is for him to showcase those vocals a bit more. He really has a talent. He also has a great ear for ambient sounds. His other gift is keeping his electronic elements from sounding like they are out of the box.
Having musicianship in electronic sounds and samples is a whole other ball game from traditional instruments. Considering he also has notable guitar skills I would say Remayn is somewhat double jointed in his musical and composing skills that suits today's modern aesthetic.
I want to take a moment to talk about theme. If this album were a substance, it would not be an upper, but that doesn't mean I didn't feel great listening to it. This album deals with somber honesty and self reflection, it is very cleansing to listen to. Everything is built up very slowly and methodically, it takes its time and makes no apologies for it. The lyrics are what pulled me back for a second listen without even thinking about it. These are true, heartfelt words and they had a very soothing effect on me, Again, the theme is not necessarily a happy one, but I felt lighter after I was done listening.
This album was deeply personal for the artist. It is essentially him rifling through his own experiences and issues and making notes of the lessons and things he learned and experienced. It's sort of like someone doing the hard work of introspection for you AND making it into something that is enjoyable. It's almost as though he did me a favor. I appreciate that.
This is one of those albums that can have a great effect on anyone looking to enhance their time to themselves. Remayn's passion for communicating his life so openly and intensely is what makes this album so noteworthy for me. I need a soundtrack when I'm doing anything, from showering, to driving, to folding laundry. When it comes to having a lot on your plate and trying to work something out or just refocusing your life plan, this album will be high on my list for that particular task. Give it a listen. Let it grow on you. I think you'll come to love it as I did.
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