Wrapping us all with the feel good summer vibes that we have missed during the cold months!
Straight away your ears are graced with the beautiful sound of an acoustic guitar and echoes of Finlay’s voice, which immediately gives me the vision of wild-flowers beginning to open back up and bringing the warmth of summer with them at the same time. You instantly begin to feel a little better, a little happier, and of course, a sense of intrigue and wonder. This is just the beginning, what’s going to happen next?
After about 40 seconds, the light sonic vocals are accompanied by a pumping kick drum. This is where the incredibly talented virtuoso, Frazer Mitchell, makes his mark on the track and helps elevate it into this toe tapping pop hit. Although this song was released in January, I could easily imagine it being blasted from a car stereo with the roof down, on the way to the seaside on a scorching summers day!
Just before the catchy chorus comes in, there’s a particular set of lyrics that really stood out to me and caught my attention. “Don’t wanna be holding you back, from the fun of living your own life”. It’s a really clever lyric which paints the picture of a person wanting to reach out to the one they love, but they fear that they’ll hold them back from doing what they want to do. And maybe in the process, take away the fun that they experience currently with their independence. As the lyric says, don’t want to hold them back from the fun of living their own life. It’s as if the person you love is walking away and about to walk out of the door. And you’re stood there watching them leave, and you’re having this internal dialogue with yourself. Do I tell them how I really feel? Would they understand if I told them? And would I interfere with their life? So you reach your hand out ready to confess your feelings, but instead you stop yourself and watch them, and your golden opportunity walk out the door completely unaware. For me, that’s the sign of a well written and structured song. One that the listener doesn’t have to listen to a million times to try and get some sort of message out of it.
The chorus starts and it does an excellent job of carrying on that feel good factor! I know I’ve used the example of a car journey to the south coast a few times, but it could easily be the soundtrack to a quiet Thursday night at home, where you and your loved one are cooking some food together and have a little dance in the kitchen with one another. But it could equally fit right in at a festival, where the thumping kick drum could entice onlookers in the crowd to get up and have a dance themselves.
So the conclusion then? Well, I could write for hours about this song. I love the message of wanting to reach out to that special person, but being afraid of getting hurt. So as a result you stay 'bubblewraped' in your own life. I love the angelic harmonies that Finlay does during the verses to enhance them. And I love how Frazer has used his vast and versatile music ability to transform this beautiful acoustic track into a fun and enjoyable pop song by adding the drums, tambourine and bass. In most cases, it’s the production that propels a great song, into an instant classic. Imagine “Castle On The Hill” without that constant thump of the drums in the background. It would still be a great song, but definitely not the smash hit we know it as today. So massive congratulations to Finlay Leslie and Frazer Mitchell. Proving that they’re both amazing artists individually, but together, they make magic!
Listen to Bubblewrap here.
Frazer Mitchell - Producer, DJ, and Events Coordinator at Antix Music Network