Milton Keynes, UK singer-songwriter Jim Jagger and pianist-composer Rien De Keyser who comprise Cloudshapes present their latest emotive single Newborn. This versatile duo gets together to create some compelling music with some tight songwriting and performances.
The song combines alternative rock with electronic rock and rap influences. Newborn runs for about three and a half minutes. At the end of it, you are left with a range of emotions. The single artwork with its white and mint green colour tones set the stage for a different listening experience.
Newborn deals with the birth of a newborn and sharing the creation of a new life with your beloved significant other. As you hold them for the first them, you are flooded with the thoughts of the dreams and aspirations you have for them. The song is based on the instances of the life of Rien and Jim. Cloudshapes really bring to life their emotions in this track.
The song begins with an acoustic arpeggiated accompaniment and harmonized vocals. From this organic raw acoustic sound, we proceed to electronic drums and synth production. Prominent here is a groovy synth bass line. Vocal harmonies to the verses give a sense of catharsis and joy, a mixture of complex deep emotions.
After the vocal bridge, we get a key change in the final chorus. The arrangement with the perfect blend of electronic production, spoken word verse, strings, and acoustic. This is a beautiful outro that ends with the acoustic guitar. The song reminded me of the work of Steven Wilson, Porcupine Tree, and Pineapple Thief. Deep emotions are expressed through inventive but well-composed music. Newborn by Cloudshapes is a compelling work of modern music composition with the core of human experience embedded in it.