New York-based music artist King Cavalli has just released his new single Oceans of Emotions. It’s a heart-stirring track featuring King’s inimitable vocal style and reflective, unfeigned lyric. Blending elements of hip-hop, rap with pop and soul, Oceans of Emotionscoalesces into a powerful statement of love, desire and all the associated complexities.
Beginning with a gentle piano followed by textures of haunting orchestral sounds King’s delicate yet spirited vocal emerges. The song’s power is immediately identifiable; it resides in the balance between dark and light, the subtle shifts in the nuanced musical accompaniment.
A sparse chorus leads us into the first verse, where aspects of hip-hop and rap are revealed yet it’s the unexpected drops in rhythmic flow that become part of the signature appeal of the track. The stripped-back chorus is a clever way of allowing King’s impassioned vocal performance to permeate the floating patterns of the piano, adding weight to the unguarded intimations of the words. As King says about his songwriting process, ‘I just open my heart and let it pour out on paper’. It’s apparent with Oceans of Emotions that this organic method of writing songs works delivering a poignant and touching example of an artist immersing themselves in the curative capabilities of music and creating a compelling piece of pop-fused soul. This is most evident with the chorus, where King’s melancholy-edged modulations stand out, engaging the listener with raw, piercing human connection.
This hybrid track is finely produced, utilising organic tones, such as the orchestral, the bass guitar and of course the piano, to create a lush yet dramatic background against which King’s aforementioned talent for intimacy and honesty shines. The hooks in the song are instantly accessible, relying on the unifying mantra of the chorus to seize one’s attention. It’s the kind of song that will no doubt attract a lot of attention at radio, not only for its genre-fusing sound and feel but for the very direct nature of King Cavalli’s musical style.