“But I Love No One But You” by William Elvin and the Circus Tour represents what strong song writing and a restrained touch at the master board can accomplish. William Elvin is very adept at taking every day raw emotion, feelings that may rip through every one of us, and simplifying it without losing its power.
“But I Love No One But You” is the narrator’s confession about an ongoing illicit affair, while away from his supposed true love. The song is skillfully arranged and emotionally true. There are only a few writers in the world that can validate your emotion, any emotion, and not sound corny. William Elvin is one of them.
Even on single, William Elvin sounds essentially like a live artist with no need for recording tricks. His amazingly powerful and soulful voice rises above the deeply personal signature acoustic backdrop. The real pointer to the quality of his writing is that the new track sits so completely at ease with the rest of his works in terms of depth and beauty of lyrics and such compatible and often simple, yet varied musical arrangements all adding to the mystery of his prodigious on-going talent.
There is a freshness about “But I Love No One But You”, showing a charismatic and down to earth artist, working hard, living genuinely for the music and articulating his experiences through his songs. Lyrically, he dives into a pool of twin emotions – joy and pain, and constructs with painstaking clarity a story of love, passion and infidelity.
William Elvin is certainly interested in getting great sounds, but not at the expense of wasting hours overproducing tracks in the studio. “But I Love No One But You”, stands on its own lyrical and acoustic merits he doesn’t seem to be in the in the business of sanitizing emotions for an extra buck.
The haunting plain of acoustic beauty on this track with its gentle melody richly embroidered with subtle guitar picking, ebbs and flows to memorable moments of spine-tingling falsetto sung by William Elvin. Quality comes as standard with words and music, because William Elvin is himself and not afraid to show all the sides and sing about them for us, unpretentiously.
MORE ABOUT: Hong Kong-based indie rock band William Elvin and the Circus Tour was formed by singer-songwriter and performing artist William Elvin, who has been composing stage musicals in the Philippines since 2010. He is also a creative writer and stage director.
The band includes award-winning drummer and percussionist Saturn Tiamson, who is hailed as one of Hong Kong’s top musicians, bassist Rico Cristobal who has been signed by a major record label and Matt Alvarez Mateo.