ALBUM REVIEW | RILEY DEACON - BODY

Saskatoon’s talented on-the-rise producer Riley Deacon releases a collection of songs that are beautiful in their expansiveness.

 
 

Riley Deacon has been creating a bit of a buzz around the city as not only a producer but a writer and videographer as well. We have been witnessing his talent over the last six months directly in multiple ways through his assistance with amazing projects like Alex Bent’s Vanilla Blue EP as well as Toria Summerfield’s Planet X. He has also been the brains behind a multitude of music videos to come from these artists as well as renowned local producer Factor Chandelier. His ability to create is very apparent and Body is a perfect example of his sheer creativity without boundaries.

The album opens up with a pleasant track titled “Kansas” that serves its purpose as a smooth introduction into what the rest of Body is going to entail. The colourful instrumentation throughout the track travels from moment to moment and really succeed at immersing the listener into the song. You may find that it is easy to visualize a variety of scenes while listening to the song as the production prods you to let loose and allow yourself to become fully enveloped in the sounds. Maybe images fly by or colour like yellow and orange travel from ear to ear. The imagery is expansive. Following “Kansas”, Riley brings in some vocals on “Million”. Overall the song has production that is a bit more aggressive while still maintaining that trend of immersiveness. “Dover” features an auto-tuned Riley droning on creating a beautiful song about being lost in love. The outro verse is touching with lines like “this feels like a slow dance” that helps create emotions and connection with the song and bring back memories of those slow dances of youth.

Body, at this point, is excelling at its ability to create imagery. I believe that this gets lost in a lot of projects when the focus for the artist is to create a song to sing along or dance too. Those artists forget about the fact that someone could forget everything for those three minutes of emptiness

Riley brings us back to life with the heavy instrumentation in “Trauma”. As should be noticed by most listeners, there is a strong Frank Ocean influence throughout the entire project but it should be most noted in this song. The melodies are clever and enjoyable which could put this track out ahead of others for some listeners. There is an awesome moment halfway through the track where Riley includes a playful melody that is followed along by the keyboard just to bring it back as F.O. would with lyrics like “with the Flintstones gettin’ fuckin’ stoned”. The next track features additional vocals from the brilliant Alex Bent that blend in perfectly with the production of the track to the point that they add to the magic of it all. “Autumn” is another one of those songs that you could easily slip away as you listen. Arguably the most beautiful of songs on this project. The title track of the album closes the project up with energy and enthusiasm. He explores a lot of different ideas in his lyrics and doesn’t really stick to one idea throughout. It’s the perfect track to close up a time period before moving onto another which I feel like a lot of artists do. The album signifies the end of a moment in their lives as they go on to pursue their next endeavor.

This project is a clear identifier of Riley’s talent not only as a producer but as a writer as well in the sense that he can string ideas together in tracks that help enforce the body of each song. This short album is jam-packed with sound. You really couldn’t fit much more into it. As a producer, Body is kind of like a resume, like "look at all this shit I can do that sounds amazing together". In its creativeness, this project tells us to not be afraid to let your imagination be free and lead the way when exploring your own artistry. Forcing yourself to fit into a box or structure of what a song should sound like is going to be your demise and only helps to smother innovation.

Also, inspiration can be your greatest asset. Never feel written off when others notice that your sound or style came from somewhere else. It is extremely healthy to explore what you love about other things out in the world when creating your own ideas.

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