Rookie artist shines on ‘Jackasoul’
Mayson The Soul
Mayson The Soul’s first creation “Jackasoul” is a soulful start for the up-and-coming rookie R&B artist.
The 8-track album starts strong with “Holiday,” featuring Beenzino’s smooth rapping. The song has a neo-soul buzz, mixing in different effects for a multi-layered sound enhanced with Mayson’s quality vocals.
“Lost” is one of the heavier-sounding songs on the album, with distorted guitar riffs that run throughout in-between Mayson’s haunting voice.
The artist also doesn’t fail to tell a story through his lyrics, singing about people meeting and separating in “Bus Stop.” The R&B melody of Mayson’s vocals blends with the soft rock vibe of an indie band, showing the artist’s ability to mix sounds and genres.
“Tell Me,” featuring Jindotgae, has a catchy beat complete with funk bass line and jazzy piano melodies.
“Jacasoul” is another strong track. With a haunting Coldplay-esque melody and feel, Mayson begins the track with simple acoustic guitar strums. In the chorus, acid guitar riffs give the song a Radiohead-like grunge-feel as well.
With a soulful voice capable of covering diverse genres, Mayson The Soul is definitely an artist to keep an eye on.
By Cha Yo-rim (email@example.com
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