NICK RANNIKKO, “More”
I’m not normally a fan of lo-fi recordings, but every once in a while a song comes along that offers way more than the sum of its parts. Such is the case with “More” by singer/songwriter Nick Rannikko, who hails from just outside of Springfield, Massachusetts and attends the esteemed Berklee College of Music, and is also an engineer and producer. “More” is about trying to move on and to stop thinking about the other person after the breakup. Distorting vocals like on many same-sounding rap tracks can be a turnoff, but Nick cleverly uses the effect to his advantage, and his voice becomes more and more affecting as the song moves on. It also lends an unexpected soulful quality to his vocal. “More” keeps you listening with its atmospheric melody, and is a smart and memorable release for Nick Rannikko.