A soulful guitar lick welcomes you, the drums kick while the horns swell, and an ice-cold keyboard chord introduces singer-songwriter John Stratton's
silky, soulful voice. "Shadows" is proof that some younger artists still appreciate music's rich history. Rife with elements of sizzling jazz and dark blues, this track respects its elders while remaining intensely youthful and bursting with contemporary energy.
The verses lay down deep pockets via the tight rhythm section, and Stratton's contemplation of light and dark is cool and convincing. When the chorus breaks, your head nods willingly as the horns preach and the tambourine shimmers. The sultry breakdown complete with masterfully shredded guitar solo gives you chills, and the heavily layered climactic ending is grandiosely funkified.
Fans of John Mayer
will feel right at home listening to "Shadows," but should appreciate the amped up soul factor. This up-and-comer has been playing high-profile venues like The House of Blues, and he's even been endorsed by pop conquerors One Direction
. John Stratton is a talented young artist who, if he continues making music like this, shouldn't have to worry too much about "living in the shadows."
Listen to Baeble's exclusive premiere of "Shadows" above, and look out for Stratton's full length album, We've Only Just Begun
, due out in late April.