Becoming Young’s album, Feeling Single, out September 24, is a portal to what can best be described as a fantasy-sports-style sonic experience, themed around no-strings-attached romance. Here, your character is a suave and soulful male lead, your playmates are sweetly seductive ladies, and the playing field is smoldering summer nights. The vibe is so intoxicating, it’s not surprising the eight-song record boasts six well-received and critically acclaimed singles. This is the side of breaking up we all dream about.
Feeling Single oozes sensual mystique from the very first song, “High.” Ethereal ambience wafts from the speakers and one of those ultra-tight, pop-R&B guitar figures slinks on in—the effect of it all feels like a magical door swinging open to some fantastical club scene. The vocals are both dreamy and in command, emitting a detached cool.
Butterflies in the belly from new connections flutter around on the fizzy “The Night I Met You,” which boasts retro-pop synths and chill, enigmatic vocals. The pent-up seduction of “Cherry Twist” swirls around that sweet spot between ambient electro-pop and modern R&B. It’s a slow dizzying tease that blurs the line between fantasy and reality.
The recently released single, “Reckless,” feels like a spotlight shining down on a couple in a darkened room where everyone disappears, and the air is thick with enchanting intrigue. The song slowly seduces, revealing bursts of techno-color pop hooks, soaring vocals, and beat-driven crescendos. This is one of those moments when irresistible desire overtakes rational thought.
The track, “Temptation,” is elegantly theatrical, evoking a prismatic array of cultural signposts, including James Bond, Johnny Cash, and Two Feet. The narrative boasts juicy lyrics like, “We’re too old to say that this is just lust, but too young to know if you’re the one…Girl, what are we doing?” Becoming Young gets slightly reflective on “Not Our Time,” cuddling up with his singer-songwriter side on the acoustic-tinged ballad.
Becoming Young is the artist alias for Nashville-based singer-songwriter, Brandon Calano. To date, Becoming Young has earned over 1.5 million collective spins on Spotify and recently partnered with boutique distributor, Cmd Shft. Calano has previously won Nashville’s esteemed True Music Room Top Writer Series, and he has played sold-out shows in Atlanta, Denver, Boulder, Portland, and Seattle.