Send Me Your Ears favourite, Sano Hill, has released another single, Feel Love, from his forthcoming album, and we’ve been fortunate to have the chance to listen today. Released today, December 2, 2022, Feel Love is a deep expression of the power of love within us all to overcome whatever challenges life brings. In a time of great instability, war, and potential environmental catastrophe, this song is an appeal to ‘feel love’ again as a starting point for how we respond appropriately to what is going on in the world.
Feel Love is a track which immediately had our team nodding their heads. A funky and cool feel to the warm bassline instantly has you invested in the song.
There is a great deal of subtle instrumentation coming in and out throughout this track, and we absolutely love the classy incidental Hammond organ fills, together with some Mark Knopfler-style guitar riffs.
As the song progresses, the lyrics are sparse, with the voice drenched in a smooth reverb. Sano Hill’s falsetto moments in this track are delightful and show a real versatility in his approach. In fact, every track of Sano Hill’s that we have reviewed has impressed us with the versatility of songwriting and styles – a truly diverse artist.
The chorus takes on an almost rock opera feel with some additional electric guitars and a chorus of voices.
As the song progresses, and the guitar takes centre stage, we felt this could easily have been a track taken from a Chris Rea album. There’s something about not just the soloing, but the overall laid-back feel of the entire track that takes on a “Road To Hell” album feel.
Feel Love is another track of Sano Hill’s that we feel is a good fit for a movie or TV placement. It feels to us like the perfect outro to a movie, and, with a lengthy fade-out instrumental section and some gloriously subtle keys and guitars, this is a music supervisor’s idea of heaven.
From a production perspective, a couple of EQ cuts in the mids around 600Hz and 1.3kHz would reduce some ‘honky’ and ‘nasal’ tones throughout the track and a wide boost across the high mids and highs centred around 7kHz would balance things out and add some extra brightness and presence. A light compressor/limiter and maybe 5-6dB of make up gain would add to the warmth in the track as well as bring the overall volume up to match that of similar releases.
A firm Send Me Your Ears favourite, Sano Hill has created another warm and inviting track which will have you nodding your head along with a huge smile on your face. We’re looking forward to hearing the full album, due for release in March 2023.