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"Earlier this month the LP Sweet Gems was released by US retro rocker, Steve Schuster. The dozen-track album takes the listener back to the ’60s with its easy gait and analogue patina which melts in to the room as though a hot-knife in butter."

"The third track – Florentin – has a distinctive merseybeat reference point as it trots through the room in a multi-coloured tie-dyed kaftan."

"Benefiting from a low-slung approach, Florentin serves up Beatles-like momentum with harmonies aplenty amid a simple pop template."

 

"This is hard to do and in the wrong hands can sound like pastiche but it is to Steve's credit that he has input enough of himself in the clever patchwork quilt that stop/starts and offers sucrose melody at every turn."

 

"Kudos my man!"

"Florentin makes use of a coherent structure using verses and choruses which deliver the story through a fun sound that is both fresh and retro at the same time".

 

"The intro works well at setting up the instrumental and harmonic basis while establishing an atmosphere of nostalgia, preparing the listener for the vocal entry. As the vocal enters, the instrumental texture is reduced to allow the vocals to remain in front, captivating the listener’s attention while telling the story. As the chorus unfolds it is interesting to note change in harmonic progression and melodic shapes which contrast greatly to those used in the verses."

 

"The sense of contrast works well to provide a good balance between repetition and variation and it also helps to make the chorus a lot more memorable and recognizable. Another thing which works well is the rhythmic changes during the chorus which contrast to the very straight and rigid time feel during the verses. The fact that space was left for instrumental interludes provides further motion and expectation for the final section."

 

"The song is well composed, performed and produced. The instrumental arrangement is indeed reminiscent of past trends but it also keeps a modern approach which makes it not just a song for the nostalgia niche. The harmonic, rhythmic and melodic changes in the chorus are used effectively and the vocal harmonizations also add a strong sense of character."

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