The Sad Lovers make a debut appearance on Bonzai Elemental with this superbly crafted chilled out downtempo album ‘The Sad Lovers’. Listening to the album in its entirety will give you a sense of connection that is a perfect way to spend an evening.
First up we have ‘Realization’ which intros with a melancholic piano that sets the mood for a smooth and relaxing journey. The track soon unleashes a wonderfully groovy drum arrangement to get your head swaying. A rich and deep bass gives the track a huge boost and will keep you locked in for the duration.
‘Virtual’ intros with a cool urban drum groove with plucky synth notes coming through as strings begin to rise. Subtle melodies are formed in the background as the groove digs deeper with the bass making a play. Very smooth downtempo vibe!
‘Chimes’ begins life as a swirling wind effect sets your mind of on a wander. As the name suggests, sweet chimes begin to seep out melodies a warm and lush strings and pads create a colourful glow, very nice and rich vibe, perfect for a chilled out night.
‘I Am…’ intros with a very cool bass synth as vocal samples echo in the background. A big beat arrangement comes into play and gives off a strong groove. Lots of instruments join the fun and deliver their own slice of the vibe, great stuff.
‘So Far’ intros with a nice and smoothly subtle melody before a dark drum section brings with it a melancholic flavour. Nicely pitched strings sweep through and a strong piano takes the focus of the track. Very contemplative groove and an absolute gem.
‘Alarm Bells’ is a kind of an interlude in the album. Noisy synths lead the way before a series of tuned bells let loose to the back drop of a deep drum slap, a quirky little number with a dark edge.
‘Poignant’ has a city street vibe as a deep piano weaves an intricate pattern alongside a true urban esque drum arrangement. The piano melts with every stroke and is soon joined by a very cool violin that adds a richness to the vibe.
Echoing plucky synths provide the intro to ‘Opening The Flower’. Nice and smooth strings bring up the rear as a chunky kick led arrangement paves the way for the big double bass groove that flows through the sound, very nice indeed.
‘Waterboy’ is a seamless soundscape with a cool ebbing and flowing water effect. Sweet plucks add contrast and a smooth break beat groove keeps the track on course. Nice and short piece but enough to keep your mind active.
‘The Drifter’ intros with an almost muted Church choir effect with a deep organ type sequence coming through. A chunky kick and rhythmic percussion section gets the toes tapping as the groove meanders along, greats tuff.
Lastly we have ‘Disappear’ with its plinky piano led intro. The pianos give off a strange melodic vibe which gets a boost from a deep pad that sits beautifully in the background. A sharp edged percussion arrangement is accompanied by a subtle kick as a deep bass begins to reverberate through the sound, classy stuff!