nasmore is a Canadian songwriter and producer and When It Feels So Fake is his latest single, released on 08/09/2023. Having previously reviewed music by nasmore, I was eager to hear more from him and I was not disappointed! Once again featuring Neil Taylor (he played on Tears For Fears album Songs From The Big Chair and is a long-term collaborator with the likes of Tina Turner, Chris De Burgh, Natalie Imbruglia, Metallica, Phil Collins, Kylie Minogue, and more) on guitar, the song also features nasmore’s vocalist friends, Gabriel and Waz.
Drawing on influences from Imagine Dragons and Nickelback, the song is a great fusion of alternative rock, electronic bites, and pop-rock, and “encapsulates that moment when everything around you feels superficial, and you’re yearning for something genuine,” a feeling I am sure many people have felt and do still feel.
With some heavy guitar riffs, the track also has a groovy bassline and some energetic drumming, and combining this with electronic bites and sounds and synths throughout the song, there really is quite a unique sound being made.
Not quite pop, but not quite rock, the song has the ability to straddle a multitude of genres and does so with ease, and this is only enhanced by the powerful vocals that accompany the music. With a very distinctive pop sound, there is also a grittiness there that also drops the track in the rock genres too. And with backups in much the same vein and synchronised vocals, there really is a great depth to the song!
This is an awesome track, and I look forward to much more from this very talented individual.
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