Road to Recovery - EP
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||Evening Cruise||Sonic Skillz||2:54||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Physical Therapy||Sonic Skillz||3:55||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||What's Next?||Sonic Skillz||4:13||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||No Fear||Sonic Skillz||4:40||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||As the World Turns||Sonic Skillz||4:15||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Road to Recovery? Indeed.
SonicSkillz (né Duane Thorpe, young squire) is right; though that's a pretty understated way to describe what he's got in his magic music bag. An artist with a unique blueprint for a (much-appreciated) textured, thoughtful sound has the skillz mastered. Track one starts a low-key adventure that hooks anyone with a soul literally instantly. It's a breezy, serene love letter that is the jump-off point. What follows immerses us in all the twists of a solidly sophomore instrumental album. The autobiographically-monikered and visionary Road to Recovery is at first listen, a trip-hop laced cocktail from a seemingly familiar state of mind.
Beautiful and slightly detached first track "Evening Cruise" is a pretty intro/luxurious adventure. This one wouldn't be out of place as the background track of a memory-provoking montage on a film. There's no twisty, grandiose instrumentation here; it's all melodic, semi-spacey moodiness without the brooding. No bleeps and blips to annoy you senseless, rather it engages your soul in a trip-hop wonderscape to inspire.With a steady flow, the beat could both put you to sleep and/or excite you, which is why it'd be good to have a copy of the album in your car, your iHome, to have on during your workout, and the end brings the listener in on why the album bears the name that it does.
"As the World Turns" is reminiscent of video games you played as a kid every morning when you woke up during summer vacation, yet it feels fresh, like it was just made as you realized what you wanted to do with your life.
With his choice of slight pauses mixed in with a continuous rhythm, its very smooth, and shifts into a place where it takes a slightly darker turn only slightly -- before the sweetness returns.
"Physical Therapy" is layered with both a vintage and underground edge, very Sin City-ish. "No Fear" recalls Moby's "Porcelain" and carries an overwhelming disposition of happiness in times of slight distress. You can admire the fact that nothing is out of sync here, he simply doesn't care to serve up what you'd expect. It's original and funky in its own way. "What’s Next?" Another track that recalls a journey of significance. From start to finish, it's chill yet upbeat. What of the simple title, Road to Recovery? Not a bad name choice for this album. Although honestly, it sounds more like the warmed-up engine on Mr. Skillz' Road to Riches.