With laser-true accuracy, “The Hidden Root” hits the difficult-to-achieve sweet spot of a melody that is both catchy and sophisticatedly elegant and lush. Vocally, the track by Iuliano begins with a single voice that is adept at caressing the falsetto range; then, almost one minute into “The Hidden Root,” the chorus is delivered in a harmony that is somehow both delicate and forceful. It would be easy to argue that the chorus is the highlight of the song, until close attention is paid to the interplay of instruments. Particularly in the final minute, the song is intricately textured.
The lyrics of “The Hidden Root” are also noteworthy. Iuliano describes the song as being a dive into the core of the disconnection that he feels with another. He structured “The Hidden Root” to synch with the sentiment, including transforming the song “into a funky experimental array of instrumentals to create the feeling that an individual is waxing and waning through a variety of emotions.”
“The Hidden Root” is the final song on a five-track album with a similar title – “Hidden Roots.” The title is appropriate, since the Bandcamp site indicates that Iuliano is from Paris, his Soundcloud site identifies Bangkok, Thailand, while his bio describes being born in Italy and music educated at Berklee College in Boston.
His writing process:
While the guitar is a prominent instrument on “The Hidden Root,” it is not the instrument that Iuliano is most familiar with, but the one he utilizes to write songs. “I try to play until I find something interesting, and then I free style the melodies,” he notes. “I begin with an accessible melody, but then introduce the listener to different scenarios that evolve from the original idea.” While the intricate backing vocals on the project are a study in harmonic sophistication, the lead vocals are rendered in a poignant falsetto. “I use a smaller voice to increase the sense of dynamics and details.”