This album may transport you to a completely different world shortly after starting. Your attention will be drawn in by the ethereal synth sounds, and you’ll stay there midway through the song. Despite its more contemporary approach, Hollywood is reminiscent of some 80’s electro-pop. With an overall feel of Hollywood, you may feel transported – but in a more dreamy, trippier fashion than you may be expecting.
Stars is a haunting melody with a steady rhythm that you will enjoy listening to. It is the reverb-free, clean piano leading the way, while the distorted bassline is a perfect foil. The drum machine kicks in at just the right moment, adding some intensity to a song that builds to a beautiful blend of anxiety and questioning, culminating in the intensity of the next track.
In Sky, it feels like something from a vintage steampunk action film. With an aggressive drumbeat and higher levels of distortion, the EP takes a darker turn. Despite the brooding melody of the song, it still commands your attention and makes you tap your feet when each note appears. Vincent de Boer once again, even without lyrics, is able to convey a very intense mood to his listeners. Having no clue what to do can be confusing, and even hopeless – but in a good way.
While Amsterdam is a noticeable departure from the previous album tracks, it doesn’t feel rushed. It has been quite an emotional journey just from listening to the dark and ominous sounds in just a few short minutes. The feel of Amsterdam is brighter than that of London. It feels as though this is the end of the journey – the thing that we were all waiting for as we followed a treacherous path with the creator.
Vincent de Boer is a 20-year-old artist from Groningen, The Netherlands, with a serious knack for creating electronic music. He started working on his EP, Famous during the COVID-19 lockdowns in 2020. After months of hard work and dedication, his follow-up to The Beauty and the Beats is now available on Spotify.
This article was penned by Jonathan P. Wright. Jonathan is a freelance writer for multiple mainstream publications and CVO of RADIOPUSHERS. You can read more of his work by clicking here.