King Cavalli has just released his new single Oceans of Emotions and if you’re a fan of J. Cole, Frank Ocean and Miguel you’re in for a real treat with this track from the New York-based music artist. King’s style is a blend of RnB soul with elements of hip-hop, rap and pop and Oceans of Emotions is a great reminder of how such a diverse group of genres can be fused to create an immensely satisfying musical experience.
Kicking off with a melancholic-sounding piano chord progression and some subtle orchestral tinged ambient textures, the feel and mood of the song are quickly established, King’s heartfelt voice communicating the chorus with conviction and emotion-drenched cadences. This then expands into the first verse which is where the rhythmic aspect is more pronounced, allowing for King’s rap and hip-hop influences to come through.
The arrangement oscillates between the steady groove-based verses and the open and sparse pre-chorus and chorus parts. This creates an interesting light and shade effect throughout the track enabling the surprise factor to fit nicely between the more predictable characteristics of the song.
The production utilises space, organic instrumentation and King’s mellifluous voice to imbue the words with an airy yet richly textured soundscape. The lyric is direct and relatable without acceding to prosaicness, Kings’s heart on the sleeve approach a perfect method for reflecting on the complex nuances of love and desire.
The chorus melody helps with enforcing the lyric without necessarily casting an over-dramatic light upon it, which also reinforces the poetic nature of King’s writing. The title itself has a quasi-poetic lilt about it which is also true for most of the song’s lyrical components. This delicate balance between the wordplay, the subtle melodies and the understated arrangement works well and sounds entirely natural and genuine.
King Cavalli’s Oceans of Emotions is a stand-out track which is sure to help establish an already burgeoning musical career.