A beautiful release to soothe tragedy, British artist Gumshoe delivers a delightfully hazy single to present his debut LP, Positive Thinking, due to release in 15/03/21. “Sayonara” is an open-heart, emotional delivery that took a deep meaning after the loss of a close friend.
“Sayonara” was born out of an old 80s drum sampler and a self-jamming evening, giving the song a danceable groove and a retro feel. Gumshoe took inspiration from American band Haim and a little bit of Stranger Things at the end. The song feels like a very interesting theatrical play, filled with mystery, love and loss, the kind of play that keeps you holding your seat with a consternated yet wonderous feeling. A must-see show.
Solo artist, composer and producer Phil Hampson gave life to Gumshoe in 2019, with the release of “When Things Started to Ignite” and “Time I Spent I’ll Never Get Back”. Having developed a diversified taste of music since he was a teenager, Hampson has achieved a mix of noir and subtle 80s sound, giving birth to a neo-noir musical landscape.
Hampson has worked with many renowned producers over the years, including, Gavin Monaghan (Editors), Bryan Wilson (Stormzy, Wolf Alice), Dan Carey (Fontaines D.C., black midi) and, for the mixing and mastering of this title, Brett Shaw (Foals, Lady Gaga, Florence + The Machine). I’d like to take a moment to appreciate Brett’s work, as the song’s harmonic elements really give the song its obscure yet pleasant vibe.
I wish I could better explain the slight nuances and noir elements that surround this modern-retro-feeling piece, but as I often say, sometimes words don’t seem to cut it. It really is a song to pay attention to, listening time and time again, as each time you’ll discover a new piece of the puzzle you might have missed.
So go ahead and let yourself be thrilled by this mysterious piece of art, let its soft melody transport you somewhere back in time, in your own, personal, puzzling story. Oh, by the way, Dan Carey (Fontaines D.C, black midi) will be releasing a remixed version later in the year!
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