Monday, August 6, 2018

“Breathe In, Breathe Out” by Si Clancy – A Song Review

      It’s a track that would be praiseworthy even if stripped to the voice and acoustic guitar of Si Clancy, which is the nearly true of the initial 100 seconds of “Breathe In, Breathe Out.” The voice is simultaneously tender and gritty, bringing a charm and an allure to his songs.

     Still, “Breathe In, Breathe Out” is much more than the solo skills of the singer/songwriter from Leicester, UK. The track from Si Clancy is longer than the norm, but cycles through additions of warmth, such that listeners may need to regularly “correct” themselves as to their favorite feature of the song. There is a synergy in the vocal chemistry when the female voice (Martha Bean) enters. The instrumental bridge at 4:30 begins with strings and transitions to piano, leading to a dream-state portion that is unconventional in its pronounced use of percussion.

     The credits of “Breathe In, Breathe Out” are:
Si Clancy / Vocals, Guitars
John Bean / Cello
Martha Bean / Background Vocals
Jez Burns / Additional Piano, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Adam Dunmore / Electric Guitars, Background Vocals
James Garner / Piano, Organ
Mirka Katariina / Viola, Violin
Alex Thomas / Drums, Percussion

Recorded and mixed at: Yellow Bean Studios, Leicester.
Produced by: Jez Burns and Si Clancy
Mixed and engineered by: Jez Burns.
Mastered at: Abbey Road Studios, London.

“Breathe In, Breathe Out” by Si Clancy

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