SINGLE REVIEW: Free by GIO

Emerging Australian singer-songwriter Gio has just released Free a haunting indie pop-rock song with a mesmerising chorus and an impassioned energetic performance that reveals a raw, spirited vulnerability. Taken from Gio’s forthcoming EP Finding Milly’s Address this track epitomises the refreshing power and candid veracity of a new breed of local music artists breaking the mold and delivering the emotional goods. With several single releases under his belt including Your Face which has since been added to over 250 curated Spotify playlists and attracted over 40,000 streams and YouTube views, Free just might be Gio’s break-out track; startlingly vital and contemporary, it seeps into your senses and never lets go, a track with subtle hooks, restraint and irrefutable magic. When asked about the inspiration behind the track Gio says: ‘The song is about experiencing the loss of someone close to you – whether through losing someone to all the complications of life or because of death – but breaking free of the pain by knowing you’re not alone and by reminiscing and holding the memories close to you and never forgetting’. Gio’s sound has often been described as a blend of Bruce Springsteen and Milky Chance with similar vocal characteristics to George Ezra. But in essence Gio’s unique style is intimate indie rock with minimal production utilising organic instrumentation. As one can hear in Free, Gio wears his heart on his sleeve, with a candid approach to his art which is refreshing and exciting. As he says about his process: ‘I construct stories in my music. I am quite descriptive, and I try not to let production, intense melodies or complicated singing get in the way of telling a good story. I think the simpler you can make the words, the better – the less you say usually makes each word mean more’. And that’s certainly the case with Gio’s new single Free, it says a whole lot and does it with heartfelt power, intensity and searing honesty.

About RJ Frometa

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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