Solomon Samuel Simone [EP] – Raz SimoneMarch 19, 2013
Raz Simone has been ramping up to drop this EP for some time now and today is the day. “Solomon Samuel Simone” is a five song EP and can be downloaded in its entirety on DatPiff.com. Raz Simone’s music consistently combines interesting, thoughtful lyrics with instrumentals that, while catchy, don’t distract from the vocals. Every song is smoothly produced and mastered. I already posted his first single off of this EP, “Cold”. So here are two other songs that especially caught my attention. Remember to download the EP here.
Combining chill synths and steady drums, this track starts out quiet and reflective. The pace picks up as drums and vocals enter the scene. While still reflective, the lyrics add a nostalgic sense of ruefulness that makes this song as poignant as it is. The chorus emphasizes this, and gives an emotional and musical hook with vocal harmony and the little addition of saxophone. Enjoy.
“Sometimes I Don’t” opens with guitar and the sound of low tech hand drumming. The track quickly adds a more modern drum sound to the percussion but keeps the stripped down simplicity of the opening. Raz Simone’s vocals in this track play up the roughness of his voice. His smoky voice is almost as alluring a hook as vocal harmony can be, so when combined, the hook is incredibly effective. Despite this, in “These Kids Throw Rocks”, he describes how people have criticized him for the scratchiness. But just look at Gorilla Zoe; people like scratchy voices. Listen and decide for yourself.