Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio, we’ve been taking a listen to Rasmus Nelausen’s latest single, Recollections, which is released today (6 January, 2023).

In the words of Rasmus, “Recollections is the description of the rare realisations you get in a time when the conflicts of the past have taken a toll on you so big, that you can’t manage to look
forward, see the good in the world and move on. We have to move on, when we,
after what seems like an eternity, learn how to let go.”

Recollections fades in gently with synth-like sounds before some beautiful warm layered vocals join the mix. The song builds slowly, with ethereal and distant sounds before the full band sound with drums comes in at around 1 minute in.

Vocally, Rasmus reminded us a great deal of Bruce Springsteen (particularly when he sings ballads). We also noticed a touch of Chris Rea and Mark Knopfler stylings in his voice.

When the drums come in, the song takes on a kind of Babylon (David Gray) feel, and we absolutely loved the use of a distant 16-beat shaker – distant enough not to be too transient and distract the listener. The placing is perfect.

Rasmus makes superb use of sections within this song and the acoustic soundscape of Recollections maintains the listeners’ interest easily throughout. We loved the dreamy floating section with distant sax and glacier-like reverb.

We also loved the alto sax solo to the end which wasn’t dominating, but just sat comfortably in the mix: understated but adding so much to the overall sound.

Ideas from our ears

To our ears, a hi-pass filter at around 40Hz and a small low shelf cut set around 100Hz would give the low end more balance. A small but wide boost in the mids centred around 800Hz would help to give the overall track a touch more ‘fullness’ too. A small cut in the vocal track around 6-7kHz would reduce some sibilant tones. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.

Final thoughts

For fans of Bruce Springsteen’s gentler work, this track is a must. Rasmus Nelausen is a talented Danish singer-songwriter who has, in Recollections, produced something really quite beautiful and timeless. We look forward to hearing more!