26 June, 2013

Progressivenz - Pickin On Me

Progressivenz - Pickin On Me (song review) |self-released, single, 2013| 4/5

Progressivenz is a musical project founded in New Zealand by Rhys Williams. He's a guitar player, but he doesn't shy away from utilizing other instruments such as bass or synthesizers.

The new song by Rhys entitled "Pickin On Me" undoubtedly sounds groovy. This is mainly thanks to a repetitive, warm & funky R&B-ish bass line that dominates but also stabilizes the composition with a solid core. Additionally, nicely dosed electronica, borrowing themes from goa trance or electro genres chimes in at the right spots throughout the entire track. A fusion of the two results in several smart arrangements stitched into the composition, which is long enough to let the listener enjoy the groove.

Rhys' voice also sounds very interesting. A sensitive ear would find his vocals memorable and recognizable. They are a bit abrasive, holding passion and a hint of anxiety as well. On the other hand, Rhys has used a vocal effect that would suit pop music slightly better. "Pickin On Me" sounds intriguing, yet a bit murky. The effect was probably used to bring some more life to repetitive lyrics. It does take the 'dark' mood away from the song, though.

When it comes to the lyrics, they are presumably about a man who has a romantic interest in a woman, but deals with disappointment since she doesn't reciprocate his love... until he has enough of money: "You welcome me on pay day, And sing your little song, And then you push me to the floor, Just once the moneys gone". Moreover, she flirts with other men, giving a hard time to the one who wants her exclusively: "You dance with everyone but me, And have your little flirt, Then push me to the corner, Just like a piece of dirt". Apparently, it sounds like the man may be addicted to her presence, but he's not ready to quit this manipulative relationship yet.

There's something about "Pickin On Me" that you will like and at least a few details your ear won't miss. It may be the overall nice groove, the repetitions but also the sensual mood. These usually turn one’s mind on and so, they may play with yours as well.

(Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Music Magazine, May 25th, 2013. Proofreading: Mike 'Vesper' Dziewoński)

Reviewed by Fabryka Music Magazine