South African artist Vance Roday has released his debut album Aqua over the past weekend and this is a project that has allowed him to be a bit more open than the past.
The reason why I decided to call this project Aqua is because I feel like I’m experimenting with more sounds and styles and just letting my river of creativity to flow.
I am digging the sounds that are coming from the album. It’s just a smooth easy listen. Sonically, I think there was a theme that Vance was shooting for because even the transitions from track to track were flawless. I got to the last track of the album ‘Dreamsold’ and said to myself, “Is that it?” What I meant was I was left wanting for more, in a good way.
Hallucinating is one of the songs that really stuck out for me. The sound reminds me of a lo-fi version of a Wu-Tang track. The decision to have a piano lead alongside with all the other choices made for the sound gave off a dream-like state listening to this track. A dream where only the subject is living in a world that can’t be real, but in their head it is. The line where Vance says everyday feels like Halloween really captures that. It’s a one-in-a-year event, but imagine living everyday where you have people in costumes and everywhere you look it’s like a kiddie horror film. It’ll get to you after a while.
Just Me, Trust Me is a track, to me, about wanting to live your life without judgement. Be able to walk in their truth (whatever that may be). The first verse sets the tone where Vance questions why he’s being judged by sinners. It’s likened to the line you may have heard “Only God can judge” or some derivative of that. Then in the second verse he gives a (not mentioned) expectation of things to come. Which is simply “Who knows?”. But he also provides reassurance that it doesn’t matter, but to trust him to be him. That is what we should want in a person right? To be honest with themselves and not forced to be like the expectations of someone else.
This project I really dived into issues and topics dealing with depression, anxiety, fears, relationships, creativity, dreams, desires, coping mechanisms and self love. … With that, showing the different parts of myself and personality. I’m a person who really keeps to themselves, so I show myself more in my music more than anything
Everything that was done for this album like the lyrics, production, and all the extra background stuff was done by Vance. The run time is approximately 25 minutes so you can pop this on during a ride to wherever you are heading. Just let Vance talk to you about some real life honesty. I think it’s sufficient to say that all of his hard work has produced a gem of an album. His star can only rise from here.