Saturated in Soul, finessed with Funk and jewelled with Jazz, the new EP “Hold Me Close” from Stone Fruit is a hidden gem in the cross genre realm.
A delightful combination of tones, rhythms, synths, musicianship and arrangement are fully utilised from all of the above whilst also including plenty of R&B infusions and alt-electro pop. A smorgasbord of sounds for the ears to enjoy, this EP is a carefully collated collection of beautifully written, performed and produced singles by artists Valentini Pavlidou and Lef Germenlis.
“‘Hold me close’ is our third EP release. When we write songs, we are allowing ourselves to be guided by our current state of mind and the way that we are experiencing music, instead of worrying about the final result or sticking into a specific genre.
There is bottomless discovery, storytelling, and enjoyment to be found in exploring and combining new sounds and styles. This has become our mantra over the past releases and this EP is no different.
Additionally, in this EP we wanted to record more organic sounds, where the human element is dominant, and we had the pleasure to collaborate with some amazing musicians that are featured in three of the songs. Owen Smalley, (Guitar) Alex Bramwell (Bass) and Argyris Thomoglou (Drums) have been a breath of fresh air and brought new life to what was born in our home studio.
Although all the songs live in a very similar space, they highlight different musings about what is happening around us. In a year haunted by the pandemic, our emotional state as human beings was changing rapidly from one day to the next. We had the privilege to integrate all our emotions and thoughts, whether they were melancholic or joyful in the lyrics, instrumentation, and trajectory of each song. We hope that the listeners can come on a journey with us, interpret the songs in their own way and give them new meaning.” – Stone Fruit.
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