‘Sea Breeze’ is the third single from electronic artist Kidnap’s (formerly Kidnap Kid) new album, Grow. This LP sparks a new chapter in University of Leeds alumnus Matt Relton’s discography as he reaches across the boundaries of genres, a fact highlighted by the amalgamative butterfly mask used as the image for this track.
Kidnap swaps out more traditional melody signifiers, like vocals or contrasting synth tracks, for quivering violins which echo traditional sea shanties. More like a sea storm than a breeze, the track is one of circular motion, crashing onto land like waves hitting shore. There’s a cinematic greatness in the sustained beats, so deep that it feels like a door slamming in the room around you.
Completely new territory for Kidnap, ‘Sea Breeze’ does much to bridge the classical and the electronic. It’s almost as if you’d never know that they existed in completely separate spheres. However, it feels like Kidnap is only testing the water and not fully submerging himself in his mission, for a single-track overlay of a violin can only do so much. Thus annoyingly, it’s not quite as daring, nor breath-taking, as the earlier ‘Vehl’ (which was rightfully named US iTunes ‘Best Electronic Song of 2012’), but a danceable electronic tune, nevertheless.
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Image courtesy of Magnetic Magazine.