You do not need aggressive music or bad words to make a great song. Australian Indie Composer and Producer De-Franco has taken EDM elements that go from Drum n’ Bass to Ambient and Tech, and incorporated those into pop melodies that are radio friendly. I’ve always said a good song is one that sticks in your brain and keeps you either singing the chorus or humming the sounds constantly.
De-Franco does melody in spades. Every song is great, some more than others – case in point “Sunlight Song” (feat. Rel O’Keefe). Rel O’Keefe’s soulful tones and powerful notes capture the feeling of the song. When her voice breaks, you feel how truly fragile she is, and when she hits the harder, more impressive notes, you feel the fight within the song to be strong.
De-Franco obviously had a route in mind when he chose to include Rel O’Keefe in his project, as her voice is able to sound blissful and bereaved…simultaneously. De-Franco’s expertise at pairing voices with a beat has paid off on this track.
Rel’s unique vocals are flattered by a lifting bass and a summer tone which rises out of a grey and misty atmosphere to create a wholly interesting and contrasting sound. Rel O’Keefe’s vocal talents are obvious, and De-Franco manages to produce both a powerfully emotive and yet melancholic backdrop for her to absolutely relish in.
“Sunlight Song” (feat. Rel O’Keefe), is a testament to De-Franco’s ability to create timeless melodies, which is a real talent in itself. His memorable style is not built on just luscious, surreal and layered production, but the ability to make people stop in their tracks and want to search for the cool catchy tune they just heard in the mall, club or on radio.
Again, “Sunlight Song” is an extremely well-produced track, the instruments feel genuinely deep and distinct from one another, and the shifting dynamics are well thought out. It has a genuinely refreshing effect between louder, more aggressive music.
The voice of Rel O’Keefe and the vocal melody however, adds an extra dimension to the instrumental base of the track, and serves as much more than just a distraction away from the beautiful, underlying production.
Listening to “Sunlight Song” (feat. Rel O’Keefe) – out now through Mad Heart Music – as a whole, is an exhilarating and altogether worthwhile experience that most likely will stick around way after other electronic stuff out there has faded into the past.