No stranger to The Other Side Reviews, producer and singer-songwriter Soheill has graced our virtual pages at least twice. Currently located in the USA, the genre-defying artist melds diverse experiences and influences in his melting pot of music. Having worked with various music industry professionals, Soheill has certainly learned a great deal, however, he remains true to his rock roots combining melodic harmonies with drum machines and synths. Featured on Rolling Stone India, New Noise Magazine, Buzz Music, Rodie Music, YMX, York Calling and Berlin on Air (just to name a few), Soheill is building an international reputation. The latest addition to his well-received repertoire is the single ‘Behave’.
Following his single ‘Red’ (read our review here), ‘Behave’ continues his transformation or evolution in style and sound. With strong post-punk influences, there is a reminiscence to Joy Division but with some Radiohead incorporated in melody. While a distorted combination of guitars and drums, there seems to be a flowing arrangement making ‘Behave’ evocative without discomfort. Yet, while the sonic representation of turmoil and frustration is poignant, it is the vocals that show a true depth of content.
Aligning with the gritty melody, gruff vocals enhance a brutal honesty within ‘Behave’. It is as if you are taken down the rabbithole of existential truths to find a rawness that might not be your cup of tea but you stay and watch anyway. Finding that delicate balance between aggressive turmoil and insightful submission, ‘Behave’ is a reflective track filled with sincerity. Oddly enough, while the song evokes a sense of emotional angst, it can be considered empowering when Soheill tells you that “enough is enough” and you need to make a change. I suppose, it is the fact that ‘Behave’ was inspired by a dramatic change in his life making him able to effortlessly connect with his audience.
In addition to his single, Soheill released an official music video for ‘Behave’. Produced by Jenna Doolittle, the video acts as a visual representation of the single’s concept – a desperate plea to overcome the toxic elements in one’s life. Following the stereotypical day of the “Average Joe”, but with a few snorts of drugs in the mix, the images can be quite relatable. Simple cuts to Soheill performing showcase his natural musical talent merging the conceptual Soheill with the daily Soheill. What I truly enjoyed was the ending of the video. No, it has nothing to do with the video actually ending but rather the “running away from a bad situation and trying to make something better” visual element. Please note: there are some image transitions and lighting effects that can trigger seizures in people with photosensitive epilepsy so viewer discretion is advised.