Won't You Get Down From There - Single (2019)
Review By Kimberly Raschka Sailor
October 23, 2020
Richard “Robot” Steighner is definitely half-machine: who else could release a new original a cappella song each week? His dossier of awards, credits, and projects is just as unfathomable. By any measure, he is a rousing success.
Won’t You Get Down From There is a catchy laid-back slow jam. The atmosphere is just right and Steighner definitely has a gift for writing pop music for the masses, showing off his emotional vulnerability up front and deft precision in creating one-man-band backgrounds.
Though Steighner hits the creamiest of sustained chords at 2:38, the song never really hits a climax. This piece could definitely use a bigger high, and a few more musical ideas to add more sonic interest. Steighner’s solo work is very organically recorded, tipping towards the natural in contrast against the polished backgrounds; unfortunately, sometimes his breathing is louder than his music. Won’t You Get Down From There would benefit from careful production editing to smooth out the sound and limit distractions. Steighner is strengthening his production game as the weeks go on, however; his recent release, Tarzan, sounds world’s cleaner and crisper than this 2019 single.
Steighner is definitely an artist to follow. It’s easy to admire his work ethic and artistic vision.