When it comes to crafting a sonic journey that traverses the realms of electro-R&B and soul, JVLY, the brainchild of Australian artist Kayle Butler, stands as an adept maestro. His latest single, “here”, demonstrates his ability to weave emotions into music with an artistry reminiscent of luminaries like Omar Apollo and Charlotte Day Wilson.
With a notable portfolio, including the well-received singles “ambien” and “tacit”, JVLY has been diligently working on an upcoming collection, each release sparking anticipation for the next. Now, with the spotlight on “here”, JVLY showcases a deft touch in collaboration, enlisting Maxwell Byrne (Golden Vessel & 1tbsp) and Tom Urquhart from his live ensemble to co-write and co-produce, lending the track an undeniable depth.
“here” engulfs the listener in its soothing embrace. Spacey synths meld seamlessly with buoyant beats, forming the backdrop against which JVLY’s silky vocals gently unfurl. The song emanates a sense of nostalgia, as if the melody itself is a portal to contemplative reverie. This isn’t just music; it’s an experience, a sentiment captured flawlessly by JVLY’s meticulous production.
The introspective lyrics of “here” mirror the introspection infused in the music. JVLY’s lyrical prowess shines as he navigates the complexities of yearning and acceptance. Lines like “I know I can’t wait for the day you realise we just fit” encapsulate a bittersweet longing, while the refrain “I want you here / I want you here with me” serves as an unfiltered echo of longing and desire.
What truly distinguishes “here” is its ability to conjure emotions without veering into the realm of cliches. JVLY’s songwriting, combined with his penchant for entrancing arrangements, keeps the track grounded in sincerity. In his description of the songwriting process, JVLY discloses that he often finds lyrical inspiration while immersing himself in the world around him. This is mirrored in the song itself – “here” is a sonic escape that envelops you, isolating you from the external world while inviting introspection and reflection.
“here” not only cements JVLY’s artistry but also serves as a sonic testament to his evolving maturity as a musician. As the music industry welcomes an influx of artists vying for attention, JVLY’s “here” stands out as a display of true musicianship, a mesmerising concoction of sound and feeling that lingers long after the final note fades.