A_F_R_O_W_Review: “Free” by Luke Goss
Four letters, which, in a 4.5 minute musical voyage, manage, to montage an expansive journey, of a Man, seemingly, seeking, to relinquish wordly machinations, take up the Vocational Cross of his Life-Calling, place it upon his back, and carry it, through the Creative Context, much, as he does, his guitar, through a barren desert.
Organic and open-hearted, the debut solo song, “Free”, by Luke Goss, is the auditory definition, of the “Joshua Tree” location, in which the accompanying visual treatment (also, his Directorial debut, in this area of Film-making), is shot.
The track, is breathable, with a refined, fresh-air, quality, and blueprint of elegant, sonic simplicity, capable, not only, of cleansing the listener’s aural atmosphere, but also, the, often, over-saturated Music Industry, itself.
For Production, to be so, finely-layered, as to cast a fine-tuned veil of effortless delicacy and holistic naivete, to proceedings, in actuality, requires pinpoint precision, an eloquence of Electronica and, a profound expertise, in, and appreciation, for, compositional moderation… and, “Free”, certainly, has that, in abundance.
Intricately-infused, nods, to Spanish guitar, pleasingly, pierce the ambiance of heady and heavy-California vibes, whilst, a prevalent, percussive heartbeat and dub-laden bassline, have-the-backs of 80’s inflections, reminiscent of “Depeche Mode”, Moogs and synths, “Tears For Fears” intensity, “Sting” Roots-and-Rock, with an, added, contemplative twist, of 90’s, “Massive Attack”.
Yet, for all of the genre-blending, brushstrokes, it is always clear, that the Leading Man, is Luke Goss, now, a.k.a “Luke”. His sultry, unhurried, gravel-toned vocals (sure, to become his enduring trademark), are as, inherently, spiritual and introspective, as they are, welcoming and inclusive. Complemented, by the understated urgency of his distinctive delivery, “Free”, metamorphosises into a “Sonic Statement Of Intent”, followed through, by the panoramic sweep, of, such, an impressive, visual environment.
There is the sense, that Goss is bringing us, full-circle, from the “Desert Conversation”, he started here, in his, highly-acclaimed, publication, soon, to be released, as an audiobook experience. The stirring motifs, on view, are indicative, of this Man, who has confronted and overcome his fears, and, is now, bilingual, in “Pragmatic Optimism” and “Realistic Hope”. The conclusion, being a Musical Manifesto and a, telling, testament, to his personal road, thus far.
Zoom-in, further, to discover that, as well as his debut single being an, entire, mood, Luke Goss, is a “Pioneer for Peace”… and, a spiritual movement, waiting, to manifest, within the Arts.
He knows, that Time, is precious and advises, therefore, that we “tell the ones [we] love, that [we] love them”… and, whilst the road, in the video clip, is open, leading, into an unknown, undiscovered, vanishing point, there is no doubt, that Goss is cognicent of exactly, the direction, in which he is headed… that the trajectory, is perpendicular, the momentum, ever, forward… and, that, he is not looking back.
For fans, both, established and new, the final flourish, of a, “To Be Continued” frame, is the confident signal to more, impressive projects, on that, very, same, horizon, ready, to be fulfilled.. and, what, a visionary, resonant and, Life-affirming, future, that promises to be.
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