The acclaimed 80’s-inspired Post-Punk and Electronica music project LearningToDive – the alias of the daring multi-instrumentalist Bravo Bonez – has followed up on the success of their critically celebrated album – ‘Norwegian Pop‘ – with an introspective invitation, in the form of the more meditative new single, ‘You Said It Best‘. Accompanied by a gorgeous new music video that was filmed at Ocean Sound Recordings Studio, against the beautiful Norwegian landscape, a fitting location where Bonez recorded the album reclusively, isolated from his family and friends.
Originally planned to be included on ‘Norwegian Pop‘, Bonez realized that the track’s creative combination of Sophisti-Pop, Country and Americana, influenced by his love for Roxy Music and Echo & The Bunnymen, uniquely stood apart from the album’s initial explorations of 80’s Glam-Pop and Post-Punk. The new single follows the trail of his recent commercial success, reaching over 10,000 monthly streams on Spotify and over 60,000 total streams. Bonez writes of the new single, which you can listen to below:
“You said it best is an uplifting, heartwarming message incorporating themes of self-acceptance, forgiveness and gratitude, and is about coming back to one’s roots and working out what really matters.”
Bravo Bonez – the production maestro behind LearningToDive – crafts a very reflective and somewhat hopeful, melancholy soundscape on ‘You Said It Best’; a robust lead vocal lays out a sturdy Percussion trail where child-like backing samples and soothing backing vocals add restful, polished qualities to the atmosphere. The overall Folk influences are topped off with Synth patterns that feel soft and ambient. The sparse instrumentals give way to carefully written lyrics that precisely reflect the track’s narrative. Additionally, a female vocalist – Alba Rose – presents a more ethereal framework, as her soft voice thoughtfully mimics that of a character reflecting on a family finally being reunited after a long break. In much the same way as the backdrop, the track serves as a decree of desire to return to love and a life left behind, any listeners who wish to return to someone or something in their past will find some solace in its reflective nature and given recent times like these, that’s always a welcome return.
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Words by Jacob Braybrooke