Reece Hoare – This Place (2020)

Despite being one of the new kids on the block, singer-songwriter Reece Hoare is steadily building a name for himself as an innovative and intriguing artist. Featured on BBC Radio and FV Music Blog, Hoare is gaining more recognition nationwide. Not only that but his following is growing at an impressive pace with 1,000 Spotify streams for his latest single ‘This Place’ – all on the date of release! Now there is nothing more to do than introduce you to his music with a review of ‘This Place’.

Recorded at Mayfield Records in Portsmouth with producer Sam Carter Brazier, ‘This Place’ is an eclectic track with a beautifully textured arrangement. Inspired by Sam Fender and Frank Turner, one would assume that Hoare’s music would have an indie-pop/indie-rock leaning; however, Hoare embraces different styles in his sound. ‘This Place’ could be construed as indie-rock, but the melody and lyrics are reminiscent of grunge bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden and The Smashing Pumpkins.

The follow-up to his debut single ‘Using Again’, ‘This Place’ adopts a steadier pace similar to Radiohead presenting a moodier, darker and more introspective sound. Inspired by life events, experiences and situations, Hoare uses music as a means of self-expression. Described by Hoare himself as a “song about an old friend and things that didn’t really work out”, he exposes a more intimate side with nostalgic sentiments.

While the grungy melody with dynamic guitars and a strong drumbeat emphasises the aspect of awkwardness, it is Hoare’s gruff vocals that illustrate vulnerability and fragility. Using brusque lyricism with uniquely harsh vocals, ‘This Place’ is the sonic representation of disappointment, despair, angst and all those gritty things in life. Yet, while the track has a melancholic feel, there is a sense of sincerity, honesty, genuineness and overall harmony. Hoare may only have two songs to his name, but I will definitely keep my eye on this Kurt Cobain-esque multi-instrumentalist.

For more from Reece Hoare check out his Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Spotify.

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