A curious but very pleasing creation, the debut single from SCHWARZ takes some downtempo influences and turns them into something more personal, melodic and quietly magnificent on Outside Looking In.
A gentle pulsating bassline duets with the soft urgency of the vocals, giving the track an overt indie-electro vibe, but avoids the temptation to become an empty anthem by directing the listener’s focus to the insightful lyrics and a melody that exudes quiet reassurance and radiates warmth.
SCHWARZ – aka singer and producer Roland Meyer de Voltaire – says the track explores the question: ‘How much can you cater to societal expectations without compromising your personal freedom?’
“I thought I couldn’t make a living with music alone, so I took on a job for a few years. At one point I started looking at myself from the outside and thought: what are you doing?”
He decided to follow his passion for music and Outside Looking In justifies that decision in spades.
Photo by Ben Wolf