SINGLE REVIEW: This Is The Way by Phoenix Verum

During the weeks of COVID19 isolation, Phoenix Verum took the opportunity to set everything aside and concentrate all his energy on creating music. The first release from that musical exploration is This Is The Way, a high-energy funk-pop R&B banger that fuses contemporary aesthetics to retro flourishes. The new track was inspired by a break-up, but a break-up during isolation, a situation which adds a plethora of layers to an already complicated situation. But Phoenix took it all in his stride, he is a solo artist in the truest sense of the word; he writes performs, records and produces every part of his music. And he is also an established performer, having shared the stage with such artists as Guy Sebastian, Darryl Braithwaite, Jebediah, The Superjesus, and performing at various locations around the world. As Phoenix has said about the new track: ‘Not all break-up songs need to be sad and soppy, as break-ups can and should lead to better things’. This is revealed in the upbeat, feel-good vibe of the song. This Is The Way is a positive sounding track that has depth, heart and a whole lot of soul. It amalgamates elements of contemporary instrumentation, such as beats, sounds, textures and melodic structures to various aspects of a retro style, namely 80’s R&B funk and pop, with certain flavours sounding like a cross between a Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis treatment and mid-career Prince. This Is The Way condenses aspects of resilience and emotional strength while utilising an optimistic force that’s woven through the track, whether it’s the lyric or the groove. This Is The Way was mixed at LA’s Ripshore Studios by producer Heath Ripplinger (Sick Puppies, Stephen Bradley (No Doubt/Gwen Stefani) Jimmy Kimmel Live!) and is sure to become a playlist and radio favourite in the months to come.

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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