GREYE released Under The Weather in the fall of 2018, and “What If I” is the latest single which is getting good attention from their well-received audience. This is nothing to turn a deaf ear to as they prove to break all the conventional rules of independent artistry by not compromising anything when it comes to their music, including world class recording talent and production qualities. This single is getting a lot of various airplay around the world on radio stations, and it’s just one song from an album recorded at FAME Recording Studios with award winning engineer, Brian Reeves.
Not being a band of categories, GREYE are led by vocalist extraordinaire, Hannah Summer and this single is from their fifth album, so they’re no newbies on the scene. If they can be placed into any genre specific boxes it’s for the most part Rock, Pop, and Adult Contemporary. But if you haven’t heard them it’s worth starting with “What If I” then delving back through the Under The Weather album and the rest of the catalog if it takes you there, which it did me. And I can say with confidence that GREYE and Hannah Summer mean the good music they’re bringing.
“What If I” is a different animal with a bullhorn intro to get the vocals up front because this is a lyrically unique song with a lot of organic R&B appeal to it with a backbeat and a solid groove throughout. And it’s the opening track on the album but remarkably different than what follows, as variety seems to be the spice of their lives as they swing from this more pop-oriented cut to blues and hard rock music with an upbeat vibe and some absolutely-killer vocals by Summer. The funk elements should also be noted, because they get down with the best around.
Pop vocals are what they are, and Summer really belts out the best to be heard on “What If I” with the lyrics probably being the most important part of the song because of what it’s about, which is many a daring thing. But the track rocks like Pop rarely does anymore, because it’s not only vibrant, it’s powerful and raw with piano and blues guitar solo. It’s worth noting that hip hop could take a lesson from the way these lyrics and vocals are delivered. There’s just something about this song that works on every level.
One of the qualities Summer’s voice has something to do with being from the south, but she helps GREYE break barriers by singing outside the box with her instrument, and she’s very good at what she does. This isn’t a song that has a whole lot of meaning, it just asks a lot of clever what if’s, while rocking with the best of ‘em. Make no mistake about it this is an excellent band with a loyal audience, but the first time I’ve heard them and that is why the entire album comes recommended and their previous albums await myself as well as what this single has to offer.
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