After our thoughts have become as mass-produced as everything else we go broke for in our totalitarian consumer society, voices who emancipate us from our dulled hive minds are worth their euphonic weight in gold.
The Seattle-based originator Brice Robell invited his listeners on a synthy, soulful space odyssey with his alt-RnB single, City Lights, taken from his debut album, RFLCT PT.1
With melancholic vocal lines in the same vein as the Weeknd paired with a Beach House-ESQUE ambient electronica atmosphere, City Lights is a compellingly tender orchestration of compassion, uncompromising on the volition that bares its teeth to the autonomy-suppressing marionette strings which keep us contorting around the whims of our less than benevolent autocrats.
City Lights was recorded and produced in Brice Robell’s home studio; it is now available to stream on all major platforms.
Brice Robell said:
City Lights is a poetic caution sign; it warns against the empty promises of mass consumerism, attention economy, shady businessmen, and Western individualism.
This entire album is my experience and deep disturbance with the new normal and the statistics of our youth. They are more anxious, depressed, and suicidal than ever before. I’m striving to bring a deeper awareness and alternative to these profound problems.
Amelia Vandergast, the Executive Editor at A&R Factory said:
“Just as John Carpenter prised our eyes open to the coercive control of modern media with They Live, Brice Robell followed a similar philosophical paradigm in City Lights. The shimmering tones create a scintillating contrast to the lyricism that is as dark and murky as the collective consciousness in 2023.”