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Single Review: “All Yours” Krish Valentine

Smart indie songwriter Krish Valentine returns to the limelight with his scene’s slickest stuff yet in “All Yours,” a single that melds the club-laden elements in his singing style with a swanky pop groove that has the power to induce chills upon first contact. “All Yours” starts with a hazy opening salvo of rich harmonies that wisp through the air like a warm breeze on a sunny afternoon, only to give way to a crushingly melodic lead vocal from Valentine that shakes the earth as much as the growing bassline does. The mood is marred with a bit of darkness to suit the depth of the mix, but despite the stone-cold demeanor of the lyrics, there’s an underlying optimism in our singer’s voice that is enough to skew the song with startlingly intimate affections.

Valentine’s diverse influences are on full display like never before in “All Yours,” and while this track leans more towards the club than it does the pop side of the dial, there’s plenty of his trademark pop swing here to satisfy longtime fans. He’s grown an awful lot as an artist in the last couple of months alone, but for the better; he’s softened some of the rougher edges that were littered throughout his debut, and amplified understated tones in his sound that only add to his lyrical luster and devastatingly decadent method of execution. Melodicism is of paramount importance to Valentine, and that’s never been as obvious as it is when he gets into the chorus of this charming, beat-driven piece.

 

 

The pacing of “All Yours” is rooted in conventional pop song structuring (if there ever was such a thing), but the chic arrangement of the vocal track gives this single a vulnerability that makes it excellent fodder for mainstream airwaves as well as underground speakers. The hook here is larger than life, but it doesn’t overwhelm us coming into the chorus in the slightest. That’s because, as mammoth a melody as it may be, Valentine goes out of his way to deliver it to us as free of frills and fat as possible. When you’ve got a natural vocal timbre as tremendously textured as his is, one thing you never have to worry about is adding bells and whistles to your studio recordings.

If you’re looking for that lamenting track that has a surprisingly edgy and intellectual kick, this latest cut from Krish Valentine could be exactly what’s been missing from your spring playlist.

“All Yours” is a very contemplative, introspecting club anthem that, on the lyrical front, is about as heavy as they come in this medium, but instrumentally it’s not a track that will drain the life out of your heart with each listen it’s been afforded. Valentine brings a lot of different layers of artistry with his into the studio, and this single is probably one of the more complexly designed pieces that we’ve seen from his circuit in a while. His momentum certainly doesn’t seem to be slowing, and as long as he keeps making music of this caliber, I can’t imagine that changing any time soon.

 

Bradley Wickham

 

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