Single Soul
beauty and despair found in otherwise empty places


4.0
excellent

Review

by GmemberKills USER (5 Reviews)
February 19th, 2015 | 259 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Yak reaches for the stars.

It's been a short time coming for Single Soul after only existing for around a year and putting out a plethora of releases which all shared their highlights and slight missteps. It feels like all those releases were stepping stones toward this album.
Delivering his signature emo indie rock-ish sound while incorporating new elements, influences and more solid production. Theses things all lead to by far the most varied, consistent, and best release yet.

Songs that show off some of the new elements to his sound are "constance" and "hands free scotch hugs 3". Both containing a full band of instruments the former shows a hint of what's to come within the album and contains a catchy lead that will try to engrave itself into you're head. While the latter is arguably one of the best songs Single Soul has ever done. As soon as it begins it demands you're attention. With strong rhythm and lead guitar, infectious harmonics and some of the best vocals on the whole album. It leads to a catchy bridge that builds up well before having drums kick in, erupting and concluding strongly with a captivating solo.

Showing some more diverseness the song preceding "hands free", is "Cinema Boy" a beautiful piano driven track accompanied by hair raising female vocals (aka 'Annie' of Depression At Denny's) the two mesh together like peanut butter and jelly. The track carries a rather bleak tone with witty lyrics throughout. In short its about longing for someone and coming to the conclusion that the ideal person they want can only exist in a movie. The concept is executed perfectly, even with it at times having spotty recording in the vocal department it can't stop this song from being a true highlight.

Throughout the album though whether it's the mirrored guitar intro/outro, the scattered samples, the hate it or love it 808s of the atmospheric infused "yr love will punish you", the harmonizing vocals in "dark bedrooms", the bluesy instrumental of "envy", or the haunting appearance of viola in spots, to the albums final moments that feature a rare appearance of screamed vocals. This album goes through a lot of emotions in its roughly 35 minute run time mostly all pretty convincingly and cohesively.

Overall some detractors could question the lo-fi sound, the very unique but raw vocals or just how essential certain parts of this album are, but most should see how all these things tie together to further add to the album's own charm and uniqueness, and quality. Frankly though, Sputnikmusic's own user Yak attempts to craft his own bedroom epic and exceeds more often than not. Its near impossible not to find something to enjoy here and come itching back for repeated listens.

With the creation of "beauty and despair found in otherwise empty places" the future seems to look brighter than ever for this young talented artist. He's just grazing the stars now but expect him to be grabbing and pulling them down for everyone to see sometime soon.


user ratings (35)
3.6
great

Comments:Add a Comment 
GmemberKills
February 19th 2015


3724 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Everyone can check it out here: https://singlesoul.bandcamp.com/album/beauty-and-despair-found-in-otherwise-empty-places-i-have-a-lot-to-say-and-its-always-changing



I'd appreciate any constructive criticism or mistakes i missed. I don't dare consider myself very skilled in writing, but I had a lot of thoughts on this release and wanted to share them.

YakNips
February 19th 2015


19988 Comments


i am literally beaming

laughingman22
February 19th 2015


2830 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah there is an impressive amount of variety on this album that surprised me



heck, there was even a bonafide guitar solo at the end of hands free scotch hugs



most impressive release so far, for sure

YakNips
February 19th 2015


19988 Comments


< 33
had to show off my shreds

Lord(e)Po)))ts
February 19th 2015


62522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i will listen to this

Digging: Godfather Don - Beats, Bangers and Biscuits...

Ryus
February 19th 2015


21288 Comments


this is exactly the type of music i would expect you to make

and it fuckin rules

be proud of yourself jacob this is awesome

Digging: Omar S - You Want

BMDrummer
February 19th 2015


14660 Comments


oh hey this exists

YakNips
February 19th 2015


19988 Comments


thank u so much ryus!!

and i hope u like it pots

GmemberKills
February 19th 2015


3724 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Glad to see people checking this out.

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
February 19th 2015


19409 Comments


this sounds cool

Hurricanslash
February 19th 2015


1831 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If this is better than "I Wish", this is going to be on my year-end-list no doubt. Will listen ASAP.

StallionMang
February 19th 2015


9003 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

...and keep reaching for those stars, Yak



This is an extremely impressive album, easily a 4 at least. It flows so nicely, and I'm in love with the warm and comforting sound it has throughout. I can see myself jamming this a lot in the springtime



scotch hugs, shaky nicotine heart, and burrowed are big standouts for me

Judio!
February 19th 2015


8463 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bet this rules

StallionMang
February 19th 2015


9003 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Best believe this rules

mordvynn
February 19th 2015


160 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sweet, Yak got some new shit. Gotta check

mordvynn
February 19th 2015


160 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This rules

Judio!
February 19th 2015


8463 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thought so. Will check.

YakNips
February 19th 2015


19988 Comments


i love you people a lot

demigod!
February 19th 2015


49310 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yak, i just wanted to say that you are great

YakNips
February 19th 2015


19988 Comments


thank you demi!! ily



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