Allen Rapadas and his, Alas, The Ocean project is back with a brand new single, which is actually a 3-track download for all you fans.
As you probably already know, Alas, The Ocean, whose recent album release was reviewed here on Jamsphere just a couple of weeks ago, is a project by a young and upcoming folk artist who is fervently translating his personal and exploratory living experiences into music and words.
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Allen is a young storyteller, rather like a modern day troubadour amongst a dying breed of contemporaries. His art and craft is based on the eloquent beauty of the poetic word set to a background of appropriate musical notes to communicate his perceptions and inner truths.
Unlike current, mass radio or pop chart fodder, which in most cases is exclusively based on beat, rhythms and borrowed sound loops, Alas, The Ocean produce simple, unembellished and unpretentious melodies.
Certainly the musical road chosen by Allen, is an arduous one for any young and ambitious artist seeking commercial success, amidst an era of Autotune, hiphop and electronic computer aided music.
However, the release of “Learned To Love”, proves that Alas, The Ocean is prepared to walk that road without compromising his musical integrity, in exchange for gaining what could be an easier path to commercial success.
The song is in the distinct Alas, The Ocean mold of acoustic guitar and piano driven rhythms. This time around however, a cracking drumbeat is added during choruses with a chunky electric guitar sprinkled in places, to liven things up.
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“The Ghost Stories” is where Allen Rapadas delivers exactly what I expect of him. Tender piano keys and light acoustic-guitar innuendos under an ethereal string arrangement. All gently topped with Allen’s celestial vocal delivery, to complete a deviously resplendent ballad.
If this all sounds like some kind of food recipe, it’s not.
It’s Alas,The Ocean’s own homemade musical recipe.
And it’s good.
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