“Saturn Return” is graceful, hypnotic soul from Australian R&B singer Wilsonn @hisnameisWilson

WILSONN, “Saturn Return”

Back in the Spring, I introduced you to Australian R&B singer Wilsonn, who I said at the time had the same kind of mystique that one would associate with Terence Trent D’Arby when he arrived on the scene 30 years ago.  Little did I know that I had tapped into what Wilsonn kindly said on his Facebook page as “possibly my favorite singer/artist in the whole world” – and even as a knowledgeable writer, I was floored.  So I’m more than pleased to write about his follow-up “Saturn Return”, a very different record from “Even If I Know”.  It’s a plea for a lover’s return, stylistically something we might associate with Prince or Miguel with a hybrid R&B/rock flavour and some nifty interjections of what sounds like violin or viola.  But although those TTD vocal tones come out in both head and chest voices at times too, Wilsonn definitely has his own direction in mind.  “Saturn Return” is top notch new school soul for your head and heart.

Published in: on September 25, 2018 at 10:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
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New Australian R&B singer @hisnameisWilson shares emotional, edgy “Even If I Know”

WILSONN, “Even If I Know”

New Australian singer Wilsonn has some of the same mystique happening with “Even If I Know” that would parallel what some of us didn’t expect when we first heard Terence Trent D’Arby back in the 80’s.  This is the kind of song that wears its pain and emotion on its sleeve, surrounded by surreal synths and trap inflections, but guided by a soulful voice and an almost live-off-the-floor vibe.  Not your typical song to be sure, and that’s exactly why it stands out and becomes memorable.  Wilsonn anchors you with a lilting and soothing melody in the song’s calmer moments, and you’ll be taken aback by the wild ending.  Wilsonn definitely takes risks and isn’t willing to compromise, but that’s the magnet-in-hiding.  Check out “Even If I Know” at the link above.

Published in: on April 5, 2018 at 10:09 pm  Leave a Comment  
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