Portsmouth, UK based Ben Priory has released his second single ‘If Only’, following the release of ‘Here We Go’ in June, which received positive responses, amassing over 6,000 plays in the four months following its release.
Backing up his debut release with ‘If Only’, an almost-three minute track that samples a variety of sounds from all over the globe. Opening with a slow riff played on a harp, fading in quickly before Priory’s vocals distort in and out of earshot before beginning lyrically. Slow, deeper vocals ring over an electronic drum clip, mixing with the harp to create a hypnotic sound. The harp itself was found in sample form online by Priory, himself adding the layers of instrumentation.
The resulting sound is an electronic, Eastern sound that creates a psychedelic effect. Shortly after the two-minute mark, a break occurs. Seemingly gaining tempo, the bass notes stand out in this section of the song. The songs comes together again fully for the closing 30 seconds, distorted vocal notes flickering over the lead.
Overall, Priory finds a catchy but darker sound for this single, each minute progressing and building the track toward the closing section that follows the break. The final vocal note hangs, a perfect closure.
You can stream ‘If Only’ now.
Written by Thom Devereux