We’re glad to announce that Nanaimo, Canada-based solo artist James Seyed has released a new single, entitled “The Place That I Used To Know.”
James Seyed is a 22 year old up-and-coming solo artist based out of Vancouver Island, Canada. Seyed plays guitar and bass, as well as vocals, and all of his music is completely self-produced in his home studio. “The Place That I Used To Know,” follows Seyed’s debut EP released last year, Passing Time, and is about missing a dark state of mind that you were previously enveloped in for a long period of time–it’s good that it’s gone, but since it was all you knew for so long, you miss its “comforting” presence.
Describing the backstory behind “The Place That I Used To Know,” James Seyed writes:
“The creation of this song began with the intro guitar part, which evoked a certain emotional atmosphere. After coming up with that, I knew that I wanted to use it in a song.
From there it was just a matter of building the song around that guitar part. After experimenting with different arrangements, it had taken on its final form, which has a certain ebb and flow to it.
Some electric guitar layering was added on after the main structure of the song was finished. The vocal melody was the last part added on to the song, with the lyrics being inspired by the music.”
And for first-time listeners, Seyed says, “Thank you for listening! You can expect more original music to come as I continue to experiment with different styles of music.”
“The Place That I Used To Know” begins with a hauntingly evocative acoustic guitar melody, which brings about a feeling that is melancholic and contemplative. The laidback rhythms of the drums soon enter along with resonant bass notes, adding to the track’s reflective mood at the same time that Seyed’s impressive vocals and introspective lyrics join in as well, harmonizing nicely with the acoustic guitar strumming. Midway through the track, powerful electric guitar leads play over the acoustic guitar, building on “The Place That I Used To Know,”’s melodic progression while adding further depth. It’s also worth noting that the production is quite clean and powerful, which is all the more impressive considering that the single was self-produced.
While “The Place That I Used To Know” may at times bring to mind 90s alternative rock/grunge artists like Alice in Chains, the track presents listeners with a rather unique overall sound, highlighting James Seyed’s artistic creativity and brilliant songwriting, not to mention his superb musicianship. I would highly recommend this track to fans of indie- and alternative rock alike.
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