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I'll Remember You And I - Review by Andre Avanessian
Composed by C and J of Caramel Jam and written by Célia Ramos, who is also on vocal duties, the wonderfully dreamlike ballad "I'll Remember You and I" is a beautifully arranged and texturally encapsulating piece of songwriting that offers listeners a delicate blend of expansive sonic qualities, thoroughly intoxicating performances, and lushly crafted timbral layers, and whether it's the warm embrace of the synth pads, the soft touch of the piano, or tender vocal performance at its heart, "I'll Remember You and I" is very much the type of song that's best experienced with one's eyes closed and all thoughts cleared, only then will you be able to fully appreciate the tracks heartfelt message and undeniably soothing qualities.
Firstly, what a vocal performance, both deeply gracious and possessing a superb sense of poise, the performance by Célia is excellent and manages to really draw listeners in with its intriguing and distinct tonal characteristics and superb dynamic control. The theme that serves as the song's main source of inspiration is certainly a heartfelt one and requires that special type of vocal performance in order to able to really capture the sense of emotionality and deep sensitivity that's gently weaving its way throughout each delicately conveyed lyrical phrase, and the song certainly has this in Célia. I appreciate that the track focuses more on aspects such as melody, texture, and feel without the need for percussion, I believe the decision not to incorporate percussive elements actually works in the track's favor, allowing the song to confidently lean into its more ethereal like qualities and grander feeling of sonic openness. Percussion can sometimes create a more enclosed feeling with regard to how the music flows and by keeping a focus on expansive synth sounds and longer free-flowing melodic phrases, the music feels even more ambitious and involving.
Andre Avanessian is a freelance session musician, composer, and sound engineer based in the U.K. Having studied music production and composition at a degree level, he has taken his passion for all things audio-related to a level that has allowed him to become both a competent musician and performer. Being a self-confessed "Guitar Nerd" Andre has been continually studying the guitar as well as teaching it, helping students learn the instrument, develop their songwriting, and become proficient in home recording.
Subway - Review by Zachary Larson
For those looking for something fresh, colorful, and experiential, Caramel Jam has provided the stellar new song Subway. Opening with the sounds of an approaching train, Subway is a multi-sensory experience fueled with modern Pop touches and stunning creativity. The lyrics chase after the monotonous yet chaotic pursuit of riding the Subway. They are given a captivating vocal performance that leans on breathiness while still being terrifically melodic. With tasteful nuance, Subway brushes up against several new textures and styles. Jazzy moments color the Pop backdrop, and the repetitive drum groove throws the listener into a trancelike state. Much like riding subway, the tune seems to carry the listener on its back and drops them off far away from where they started. Overall, Subway is a captivating and artistically pleasing new Pop tune that sets Caramel Jam aside as one of today's most promising new artists.
The production and mix in Subway is terrific. Each instrument and sound is balanced well and has its own place. While there are many elements at play, each one seems to be working toward the same goal and nothing steps out of line. This was a transformative listen that was easy to melt into. Caramel Jam has placed a lot of thought and care into every element of this new tune, and it has completely paid off.
Fans of modern Pop will definitely enjoy Subway by Caramel Jam.
Zachary Larson is a professional guitarist in New York City. Getting his start in high school rock bands, he has since toured the world as a classical chamber musician, onboard cruise lines, and with several Broadway musicals. His recorded work spans across Classical, Pop, and Experimental music. His arrangements are published through Clear Note Publications. Classically trained, he holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Denver.
Supermanity - Review by Steven Azami
"Supermanity" is a bold and exciting new release from the European duo Caramel Jam. This track features a highly sophisticated and incredibly captivating nu jazz arrangement that blends organic warmth with fascinating electronic elements, giving it a thoroughly modern sound that's highlighted by the extremely talented vocalist Célia Ramos' soulful and dynamic performance. Fiery rhythms and soaring melodies are the hallmarks of "Supermanity", as it takes a sardonic look inside the mind of a narcissist, sarcastically tearing down his ego with lyrical wit and aplomb. Contemporary jazz enthusiasts and pop music fans alike should find a lot to love about Caramel Jam's "Supermanity", thanks to its exquisite composition and production, as well as its cutting and satirical lyrics.
Outstanding production, excellent mix. Great tonal balance. Superb composition and arrangement, very engaging on multiple levels. Exciting rhythm section, incredible melodic and harmonic sense. Really nice combination of live sounds and electronics. Tremendous vocal performance, further bolstered by compelling backing vocals. Thoughtful and intelligent lyrical content, that at first listen seems optimistically benign, then unfolds into a blistering social commentary on the nature of narcissism that's gripped our global collective consciousness, before finally returning to a more hopeful tone in the final verse. An absolutely brilliant song, and an equally brilliant finished track. Phenomenal job, all around. It was truly an honor to have had the opportunity to review this stellar piece of work.
Steven Azami is a multi-instrumentalist with over 25 years of experience in the music industry. Both as a touring/session player and as a producer, his career has spanned nearly every genre, from bluegrass to jazz, from rock to reggae. In addition, his work as a music educator has allowed him to cultivate and foster talent among the next generation of musical explorers