Hello Beautiful – Hello Beautiful | Track-by-Track Review

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Hello Beautiful has just released his self-titled debut full-length. We took a listen to it to find out what it’s all about 

Universe

“Universe” paints the soundscape for the experimental album by the producer. The cinematic synths, harrowing bass and psychedelic keys make this the perfect grand opener for a musical artist showcase. Two peaks take this intro to new stratosphere: the drum line drop and the synth transpose. It’s reminiscent of a heroic scene in a movie where the antagonist conquers the villain. This is Hello Beautiful’s introductory declaration.

Hello Beautiful

By the album’s title track and the artist’s namesake, Hello Beautiful reveals his vision about music: just be free and let it go. The track features the vocal talents of Harmony Boucher. The disco-powered sound peppered with his electro finesse make “Hello Beautiful” a track you want to hear at the club, your next house party or even on your iPod when you’re out for a jog. It will take you back to why you loved 80s music, dance moves and fashion as much as you did.

Saturday Night Disco

If you ever played Sega video games in your childhood, “Saturday Night Disco” is likely to be one of your favourite tracks. The drum-driven electro jam will have you racing Sonic the Hedgehog through adventure-after-adventure while you simultaneously fail to resist the urge to break down into a boogie. The latter part of the track infuses musical elements akin to what made us fall in love with the Sophiatown era as much as we did. Brenda Fassie would have picked this one up and knocked us out with another radio hit.

Us

If the Hello Beautiful space odyssey has felt like a dream so far, “Us” comes in to confront you with reality. The Thieve-featured track chronicles the dissolution of a relationship after a lover has given up on it. The sinister melody paints the soundscape for the heartbreak story but is strangely and simultaneously liberating. It feels like, “Yeah, you broke my heart. But I’m going to get dressed, go out, laugh, get drunk and take somebody home.”

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Stardust

“Stardust” introduces the second act of Hello Beautiful’s debut showcase. The interlude is a contemporary dancer’s fodder. The harrowing, sinister synths invoke solitude that isn’t altogether lonely. It’s when you can’t quite tell if it’s morning or the end of night but you feel safe. And a minute and 23 seconds later, you’re segued into part two of Hello Beautiful’s story.

Nineteen Eighties

So you’ve gotten over that lame ass ex who broke your heart and you remember that youth isn’t an age but a state of being. “Nineteen Eighties” takes you back to when you could enjoy la dolce far niente. But you’re older now and so a joy ride along the coast sounds like a better remedy. This track feels like the extended version of opener “Universe”; like a rebirth of liberation to take life a little less seriously all over again.

I’ll Be the Boy

Nicholas Preen jumps on to “I’ll Be the Boy” for the penultimate conclusion of this temperamentally true-to-life story. The up-tempo disco-electro number paints the soundscape for the chapter of the story where ‘the one’ is found and it feels like being the only people in the world. The switch-up in the latter part of the song slingshots you into the whirlwind of the pandemonium.

The Empire Strikes Back

If Michael Jackson were alive to see the rise of electronic music, he would probably want to make music like “The Empire Strikes Back”. All of the 80s is captured in the final track of this self-titled debut. The addition of guitar allows it to perfectly shape the entire retro feel. Perhaps the title is a reflection of the influence that that music has had on Hello Beautiful or his feelings on a resurgence of the past. To tie up the loose end of our love-lost-love-found story, it could simply just be the onslaught of life over everything it means to be human and realising that perhaps that’s what it means to be human.

Hello Beautiful track listing:

Universe
Hello Beautiful (ft. Harmony Boucher)
Saturday Night Disco
Us (ft. Thieve)
Stardust
Nineteen Eighties
I’ll Be The Boy (ft. Nicholas Preen)
The Empire Strikes Back

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