‘PLT’ showcases Vianni’s smoother-than-smooth vocal style which is perfectly matched by the slick, sensual grooves of the production. It captures his self-described genre of soul food – high end R&B infused with an undercurrent of dancehall and afro-swing. In essence, soul food is music that’s innately connected to one’s inner feelings, rather than a cynical way to ignite dancefloors.
“PLT is based on my first ever relationship. She was older and used to call me her pretty little thing, if I’m being honest, I never used to like it; but now I’m here without her, I’ve accepted I’ll always be a pretty little thing” says Vianni.
The six-track ‘Homerun’ EP spans the spectrum of emotions that Vianni has experienced throughout his relationships. With Vianni co-producing the majority of the tracks, each song is fastidiously fashioned as the collection moves distinctively through different sensations, creating a cohesive experience that’s constantly dynamic and never predictable. You can hear traces of his key influences – PartyNextDoor, ChrisBrown, D’Angelo and Tory Lanez, to name but a few – but it’s always informed by Vianni’s force of personality.
The title is inspired by Vianni’s admiration of the baseball icon Barry Bonds, who still holds the Major League Baseball home run record more than a decade after his retirement. Bonds was an underdog who ascended to a legendary status, and someone who Vianni feels an affinity to, with both characters defying expectations and daring provocation.