SFPK is Back!
Written and produced in late 2009 ( Pre XF) Storm decided to re-release this Pop gem due to popular demand. And I am glad he Did.
As soon as you hear Storm lee's vocals after an atmospheric celtic intro, you realise your listening to someone who's got it…. pure, raw, honest SOUL… that rare ability to share emotion. His voice draws you into his superbly crafted songs, generously laced with immediate Pop hooks and sing-a-long choruses, but upon repeated listening, consistently offers the listener new aural treasures, thanks to the uber-defined soundscapes engineered courtesy of co-writer/producer Marcus Brown.
Here is a track by track breakdown:
'Beautiful Blue', the first track proper, gradually seduces the listener…slowly building in intensity, passion and momentum, until by the end of the track Storm's soaring vocal has transported the song to a new dimension…the stratosphere.
'Lowdown' , Dance floor sex-capade with stunning guest vocalist 'Carmit'.
'Nineteeneightyfive' Pumped up Power Dance/Pop which cleverly looks back to that year, with practically every line containing a title of a Chart Hit from 1985…What a year!
'Love Is The Sun' a reminder that we're all capable of love… it comes from the inside.
'I Never Can Say Goodbye' the first of two cover versions on this Album. Ultra-chilled take on this Jackson 5 disco classic… smouldering vocals on a bed of swirling strings, motion synths, and a 'Specter-esque' wall of vibes.
'Delicate Leo' tight, punchy… stings like a butterfly.
'Rise' Nuevo-house-disco… bigger, badder, beautiful(er).... I dare you to stop singing the hook..
'Heart Of Glass' imagine a version of Blondie's worldwide no.1 single that's been granted a 27 week Spa in Iceland for deep relaxation…Glorious geo-thermal soul.
'I Came Here To Dance' if George Michael had had a younger, more creative songwriter brother he MIGHT have came CLOSE to writing this. A MASSIVE Dance Rock anthem to not care what others think of you and DANCE BITCH!
'Youth' a pet shop boys-esque reminiscent look at growing up in the mid-eighties in Scotland. " Youth is wasted on the young"
' U Saved Me' an old school style soul number written with Adele collaborator Eg White… I've simply never heard anyone FEEL what they're singing as much as when Storm sings the final 'Pain' on this song…hairs on the back of your neck definitely get involved... the Bells you hear at the end of this song sound almost eerie.. are they wedding bells? funeral bells?
either way you will certainly look at storm differently after the bells have faded away.
In summary, if you enjoy discovering new pop music, that's original, soulful and discerningly crafted and are waiting for an album to come along and so justify that few hundred £/$/Euro pair of hi-fi speakers that you've purchased/ thinking of purchasing, then I'd recommend you get this album…your ears will thank you for it!