Check out @BretSears’ minimalist hip hop flavours in “Breaks My Heart” from his EP Imperfections

BRET SEARS, “Breaks My Heart”

Baltimore’s Bret Sears has shifted back and forth between electronic dance pop and hip hop in past releases which I’ve written about in the last few years. He recently released an EP called Imperfections, which almost anecdotally touches on a number of relationships in five very short songs. “Breaks My Heart” is the standout, drawing from influences from the likes of Justin Timberlake, Bryson Tiller, Party Next Door, and others, in a sheer, minimalist production that captures the isolation which takes place when a relationship is ending. Though the song sometimes seems more like stream of consciousness without a centre, it still works well and demonstrates Bret’s ongoing close attention to his craft.

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“Take Me Back” is lovelorn electro-pop from Washington DC’s @OrdwayRaivis, @BretSears & @CasuEncounter

RAIVIS ORDWAY with BRET SEARS & CASUAL ENCOUNTER, “Take Me Back”

Coming full circle from their Casual Encounter album release from 2017 after some solo work on their own, Ravis Ordway and Bret Sears come back together with the Casual Encounter moniker to offer “Take Me Back” for your consideration.  It’s similarly appealing electropop with honest lyrics and a light, relatable story about being broken-hearted that makes it well worth your while.  These guys know how to put together a solid production that’s  bouncy, melodic and radio friendly, and “Take Me Back” will sit well with fans of talent such as MAX, Lauv, and Jesse McCartney.  

Meet Baltimore’s @BretSears with streetwise pop/hip hop of “Break The Rules”

BRET SEARS, “Break The Rules”

Baltimore’s Bret Sears is branching out from his dance/pop group project Casual Encounter, which I wrote about last December, to tackle fresh streetwise pop/hip hop with “Break The Rules”.  It’s definitely got a polished pop side but with some grittiness that could attract fans of  Justin Timberlake, Jesse McCartney, Logic, and G-Eazy.  While “Break The Rules” isn’t going challenge any boundaries, it’s got an undeniable hook which is when the vocal is at its strongest.  The melody has raw qualities about it that sound like throwbacks to 90’s NWA/Ice-T/2Pac releases which you generally won’t find in a pop-oriented record.  I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what’s next for Bret in this new undertaking.

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