Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio we’ve been extremely happy to have the music of Giovany Revelle in our ears again. We reviewed his astounding debut single, 45, earlier this year and were blown away by his creativity, both as a musician and songwriter, as well as a video director. This is an artist that exudes creativity in every aspect of his life.
His latest single, Chicago Kids, is out today (December 13, 2022) and it is a fine example of Revelle’s versatility as an artist and performer. 45 had a real gypsy jazz feel to it, whilst Chicago Kids is a dreamy and nostalgic singer-songwriter track.
Starting on drums, with some lovely brushed snare work, Chicago Kids moves quickly into some dreamy and almost Hawaiian-feeling pedal steel guitar. The song develops by adding some subtle strings, and these are used extremely effectively, serving only to fill gaps in the vocal melody.
Giovany’s vocals are warm and thoroughly enjoyable to listen to. The additional harmonies and extra incidental instrumentation in the choruses add interest and the sections of this song are separated beautifully with good use of rise and fall.
We love the changes of rhythm between the verses and choruses. The second verse had us all swaying in our seats. The music just flows out of Giovany Revelle and everything sounds so completely relaxed and effortless.
Chicago Kids has a positive vibe to it. The accompanying video feels nostalgic and with 70s feeling colours and styles. We loved the lyrics to this track – the sense of hope and excitement about the future that they convey. We particularly liked the lyric “we can take route 66, someone told me that’s the way that we can get our kicks”. Clever word play and referencing!
Ideas from our ears
A couple of small cuts at around 250Hz and again around 450-500Hz would reduce some occasional ‘muddy’ and ‘honky’ tones. A small high shelf boost in the top 2 octaves would increase the brightness and presence in the track too, though this could result in increased sibilance in the vocal track so a cut back down around 10kHz should keep that under control. Finally, a light compressor/limiter with maybe ~5dB of make-up gain would increase the warmth in the track as well as raising the overall volume.
Chicago Kids is another stunning track from Giovany Revelle. This new artist has impressed us far beyond our expectations and is someone for whom we see an exceptionally bright future.