Rory D’Lasnow is a singer-songwriter (si-so) from New Jersey, USA. Recently, he collaborated with another singer-songwriter and session harmonica player Phil Robinson. On November 13th 2019, the pair released a track titled “Happy”. We took a listen and here’s what we thought!
The track starts off pretty Dylan-esque, however this soon changes when Rory starts singing. It’s a nice blend of a rolled-back vibe with strong modern vocals and Phil provides good backing with his vocals and blues harp (though no blues here). This is more classic si-so than anything else given the very minimalist amount of instrumentation within the track itself other than vocals and (primarily) acoustic guitar. “Happy” is nice enough, it doesn’t really do anything differently than most si-so tracks apart from the harmonica which does very little to set this track above the rest. For listeners of artists like Ed Sheeran, this one would be an addition and no doubt this track would certainly do well in top-40 playlists and radio stations given enough attention. Our only qualm here is that the track as a whole doesn’t really do anything new and its a very nice mood that you’d probably feel comfortable introducing to your mother but hardly want to take up to your bedroom and listen to privately.
“Happy” is a very well mixed and mastered song but for us, that’s about all its got going for it. A track that’s sure to be a favourite of the masses at some point but could very well get lost amongst everything else. A valiant effort, but one that we’ll probably listen to around bedtime.
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