Artist – J.B Seal
Ep – ‘All Alone Together’
Published – Distrokid
The highly musically talented, Joseph Barnabas Seal has chosen an inspiring personal outlook towards the current lockdown situation and has stepped progressively forward with a soulful and uniquely sensitive Ep titled ‘All Alone Together’. This four track Ep presents beautiful instrumental tonal shades and stylistic colours, gracefully tying in and blending soulful jazzy elements with hip-hop and electronics, crafting a wonderfully nuanced, cross-over sound that excludes an expression of strength through fragility, hope through underlying fear.
J.B lays down his thoughts on the Ep in the following paragraph.
“I have a career as a live sound engineer, so my music has taken a back burner over the past decade. It’s been the pandemic that’s got me back in the studio and actually finishing things! The release of this current EP ‘Alone Together’ is the last 4 tunes I’ve produced all in Quarantine. One vocal track and 3 instrumentals (4 newest tracks on my Bandcamp). These tracks have filled me with hope, except the one track ‘Survivor Complex’ which expresses my worry.
For me it’s about connecting with people on a deeper level and I’ve found this pandemic has brought people closer actually. Those vulnerabilities, that we usually hide are ever present at the moment and that window of humanity that is often closed is allowing for deeper connections. It’s a deep and powerful time to be alive and challenge oneself.” – J.B
First track on the Ep, ‘Quaranteam’ enters with style and grace as a delicate, spacious piano part opens which leads slowly and progressively into purposefully solid, trip-hop/jazzy sounding beats, with electronic elements thoughtfully scattered in-between. This track expresses the fragility through strength in which I spoke of above. Track two, ‘Survivor Complex’ is where the electronics sits most prominently, bringing forth an edge that cuts throughout trippy beats and beautiful layers of violin strings in conjunction with piano parts. J.B delivers a genuine fluid rap flow over this track that is soulful, sensitive and strong.
Track three, ‘Serendipity pt.1’ is a dynamic instrumental piece that enters in a determined, yet graceful way, expanding and growing in pace and tone as the track progresses. Delivering plenty of electronic FX layers that are dished up through piano parts and beats. For me, this lovely track expresses hope through the underlying fear in which I mentioned above. Finally, ‘Serendipity p.t2’ offers a bright, funky dance club track that has gorgeous ethereal under and overtones, with a stunning vocal sample to libertate the mind and elevate the senses. A lovely way to end this very special, kind and unifying Ep.