STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 87037-16169 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Single ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Lins Honeyman
Undercurrent is the nome-de-disc of Kent-based singer/songwriter Chris Hansen and this is the follow up to his 2007 EP 'Occams Razor' sees Chris maintain his high production values in this two-track single. Recorded at Kent's Squarehead Studios after some delays and complications, this recording showcases on "Long Time Coming" a mature vocal delivery and a keen production sensibility with the track building from a drum loop to a wash of layered synths and harmonies. Hansen chooses to portray an enigmatic element towards his Christian beliefs and leaves it to the listener to interpret his songs with no direct reference to God. Whilst this can work well if executed correctly, the second track "Extremely Balanced" sees Hansen rattle off a selection of worldview sayings such as "live every day as if it was your last one" and "all we need is love" without really offering a succinct take on this perceived wisdom. Nonetheless, a pleasing release that will hopefully soon be expanded a full album.
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