General Vibe takes us through a relationship’s breakdown in ‘Nectarines’

GENERAL VIBE, named after what his music basically embodies, is a self-titled bedroom artist who shows likeness to the cool, soulful and sensual instrumentation of Homeshake and the deep, crooning lyrics of King Krule. Fairly new to the music scene though not lacking in ability, there is an unrefined honesty throughout his tracks and a simple relatable nature to his lyrics. What really separates his sound from other artists who find significance in creating atmosphere with their music, however, is the added Folk/ Surf aspect. There is perhaps even a likeness to Jack Johnson in his 2005 In Between Dreams era.

His latest release, Nectarines, is a slow, soulful and slightly funky four-track EP with love as its central theme. It follows a story of a relationship; the get together, the in-between, and finally the break-up. It begins with ‘Nectarine’ the slowest of the four songs. The guitar is prolonged and the vocals are drawn out, it’s hazy, dream-like, just like the beginning.

‘Healthy’, the second track, is a little more alive. It’s the middle, the comfortable period when interest still exists and there are aspects of the person still left to explore. What follows is ‘Cigarettes’, where the mood changes slightly. The tempo picks up and the guitar becomes gloomy. No longer do the lyrics revolve around the relationships exploration but instead it’s about reclusion and obsession, the want to stay together but only because of familiarity.

Finally comes ‘Tumeric Waves’, with General Vibe singing, ‘Tumeric waves, coming down’. The lyrics repeat and, though uplifting, the instrumentation holds a slightly dark and ambient theme.

General Vibe’s EP, Nectarines, is a beautifully crafted and pleasantly thoughtful release. Through its simplistic portrayal of complex emotions, especially through its lyrics, it touches on moments we’re all likely to feel at some point in our lives, whether it be dizzying love or addictive lust. It is a good start to the year for the artist, and we’re looking forward to learning and hearing more from him in the months to come.

WORDS BY JULIE FENWICK
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