The Harvard Opportunes
FEEL YOU - Single (2019)
Review By Kimberly Raschka Sailor
October 25, 2019
FEEL YOU is an enjoyable power-rocker from the Opportunes.
Though I’d definitely take even more power, and even more rock, especially in the front half. Right from the opening hi-hats, there’s a slightly insecure tone from the ensemble, a sort of nervous mellowness. By the end of this piece, the arrangement explodes and the production boosts the voices, creating a confident, sturdy sound, but it’s almost a song in parts: okay, and then a lot better.
The best part of this effort may be covering artist Brayton Bowman. He’s a singer-songwriter who loves both experimentation and self-revision, thriving on remixes and edits. The Opportunes used several of his versions for their inspiration here, and it’s cool for both Bowman and the Opportunes to take this always-learning, always-doing approach. I especially enjoy the way the vocal sections deftly blend and are so suited to inner voices in this arrangement, especially the creamy baritones and strong altos. The funky, sizzling groove on the choruses is pretty swell, too.
I like the ideas on FEEL YOU. I could use more consistent urgency in the delivery from the first notes to the last, but I think you’ll have fun listening to this one.