Luca Bash hits us with something special in “Single Drops”
Oftentimes something très cool will come up in an artist’s history (whether it’s in the “about me” or “album history” doesn’t matter), and here’s what’s good with Luca Bash: he has released a total of four EP’s in 2014.
Not particularly interesting?
Well, what’s très cool to me is that he decided to call them (in no particular order here) “Cyan”, “Magenta”, “Yellow” and “Key Black”. So my real question becomes why this latest one is called “Single Drops”? But in all seriousness, I was pretty excited to review this album, and then go back to all his previous releases to check out what’s changed. Together with Giova Pes, Luca Bash only uses two guitars to create his sultry instrumentals, and it’ll be interesting to see if that limits his sound, making one track sound too much like the other. Hopefully not, right?
First on the docket is “Your Tomorrow”, an excellent measuring stick for what we can expect from the rest of Luca’s album. First of all, his accent is strong, very strong. Read: you can definitely see how that would charm more than a handful of first time listeners. But beyond that, his crooning is actually quite refined. If you ever wanted to know what an artist who’s been doing this thing his whole life sounds like, you’ve probably found him. I’m not sure if it will carry throughout the entire album, but it certainly carries here. The soothing strumming of the guitars also complement his voice perfectly, creating an extremely mellow, romantic atmosphere.
This is followed by “Forever Like Asleep”, which is actually quite similar to the first track (too similar maybe?). Thankfully, the slow moving string duet drives the song forward, and Luca’s voice once again shines with its distinct charm. Luckily for Luca, despite the sound already running its course in terms of “freshness”, his vocal appeal does not wear out and carries throughout the track. But he definitely needs to bring much more in future if he wants to impress.
Midway through the album is “Dear John”. Immediately after it starts, the song has you swaying and tapping along to the contagious guitars. It’s still not the most unique progression around (then again, is there any truly distinct one left out there?) but it’s still pretty damn catchy. The track also throws a haymaker when it shifts from what could have been a cheery tune, into a darker more somber instrumental. You can almost feel the tears seeping out of your speakers as Luca croons out this melancholy song and its lyrics: “I have never seen the song and the light, and man, we need, to grow and live in serenity, as me in my, fantasy”.
Up next is “Little Tale” wherein you get a taste of Latin flavour in every strum. The effect is delightful, as Luca magically finds a way to keep things exciting. Additionally, the lyrics and his singing has a wonderful sense of urgency, a compelling motivator for the listener to sit and listen all the way through. But it’s also a pretty long track at five minutes, one which gets a bit dull a little bit past halfway. Towards the end however, a fantastic harmony between the strings and Luca’s voice takes place, a euphoric end for an otherwise up-and-down track.
“Black Swan’s Walls” is the last song on the tracklist, coming out sounding a little bit pop, a little bit Americana. Suddenly we’re transported from a slow moving gondola, to raucous outdoor dance by the campfire. With a relatively modest four minute runtime, Luca gets you tapping, bobbing, and bouncing along to an incredibly contagious track. His voice is still pretty on point in this song as well, urging you to get up on your feet and just move. To be honest, it was a wise decision to end the album on something so upbeat, and safe. Kudos Luca.
Overall, his album was good. It wasn’t great but it was good. There were some issues with tracks sounding too much like the next (only a little), but for the most part I was happy that at a fundamental level, each and every single one of these songs are entertaining and a pleasure to listen to. He may have to take a few more steps to get to the big stage he wants to be at (such as some practice on those vocal twists and turns), but Luca is certainly bound to take a big leap very soon.