ANTON COMMISSARIS – SHE’S NOT THE HURTING KIND

Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio today, we’ve been taking a listen to the latest single from California’s, Anton Commissaris. Released on November 18, 2022, She’s Not The Hurting Kind is a smooth and sultry jazz number to melt away the worries of the day.

She’s Not The Hurting Kind tells the story of the singer who is falling in love again but fears falling into the pain of his past love. Ultimately, he moves past his confusion and trepidation and decides that this new lady is kind and loving and that he should take the risk of a new relationship or forever regret what might have been.

This song starts on some beautiful smooth jazzy guitar. With some spectacular but subtle incidental piano, you are already in the mood to relax even before Anton’s voice joins the mix.

The simple but effective shuffle drums keep the track moving along, with the occasional fill, ensuring that the focus remains entirely on the vocals. The jazzy tone on the guitar is expertly selected, and as the song continues, the piano fills get more and more enthralling – each one even more smile-inducing than the previous.

We absolutely loved the decision to use extra layered female vocal harmonies. The vocals sounding breathy, almost gospel-like, and reminding us very much of 1920s female harmony groups (The Andrews Sisters as an example).

The quality of musicianship on the piano/violin solo is evident. The interplay between the instruments is an absolute joy to listen to and we relished every last note.

At times, She’s Not The Hurting Kind, reminded us of the Nutting Hillbillies (Your Own Sweet Way) or even Chris Rea (Driving Home For Christmas). There’s a touch of Jools Holland’s, Squeeze, about the track, perhaps the quality piano playing, and there are moments where George Michael (Kissing A Fool) came to mind.

Ideas from our ears

A hi-pass around 35Hz and a tiny low-shelf cut set around 100Hz followed by a small boost around 4kHz would balance the bass and add that little bit of extra presence and definition. A light compressor/limiter with maybe 3dB of make up gain would add extra warmth and a little more volume overall too. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.

Final thoughts

Anton’s vocals in this track are supremely confident and this feels to us like an artist who has truly landed. This track is a world-class example of easy listening, lounge jazz, and one which we are delighted to be invited to review.