Release: Truant Wave
Better known as front man from pop-rock band Fall Out Boy, Patrick Stump has now released his first solo work – 6 track electro-pop EP, Truant Wave. His soulful voice seems to have endless possibilities, already having sung pretty much everything from rock and pop to R&B.
Leading up to his full length album, Soul Punk, his EP has a completely unexpected yet truly likeable sound. As the synths kicked in, I was a bit unsure when listening to the first track Porcelain, but I found his familiar voice making me want more. His soft sound fits perfectly within the trance, and makes it sound a lot more chilled out than the generic dance tunes out there. The song also features rapper Alph-A-Bit, which gives a good feel and an extra boost towards the end.
Spotlight (Oh Nostalgia) is a real “feel good” tune, instantly lifting my spirits as it went on. Some of the lyrics do sound a bit cheesy to be fair – “you can be the star, you can shine so bright” – but they seem to fit perfectly. The chorus really stands out and goes sky high, a real sing-a-long! It seems like the kind of song you want to listen to driving with all the windows down in the summer. Also, not to mention how hot Patrick is in the video! The side burns and mop hair have finally been ridded.
Out of all of the songs, Cute Girls (Ft. Om’mas Keith) was probably my least favourite. It’s just not as fluent as the rest of the EP and a bit miss match, but I guess Stump wanted to make it stand out and make something different. Maybe for me, it’s just a step over the line, and more flump then Stump.
Moving on, the great stuff was back. The fourth track on the EP – Love, Selfish Love – is really chilled out and funky. The repetitive beat keeps the ongoing fun factor going through, but the vocals are a lot more subtle. Even so, this is probably one of my favourite tracks just because it’s so smooth. I have had it playing in the background when doing some work, and it’s ideal for keeping my mind on track and from nodding off to sleep.
As Long As I Know I’m Getting Paid is another motivational feel good, with the groovy electro beats and little guitar flicks. There’s also a hint of slap bass which really adds some funk. I mentioned before about Patrick’s voice being suitable for pretty much anything, and this just made that list even longer.
So, the last song on the 6 track and by now I am so excited for the full length album. Big Hype (ft. D.A of Chester French and Drus) is like the end of a huge ceremony. The vocals are a lot more powerful compared to the other songs, and the music behind them is just wow. It’s bordering on a national anthem, with the amount of stomping, clapping and chants. But to be honest, it’s the perfect big ending this EP needed.
I have seriously fallen in love with this, despite the one track not tickling my fancies, but everything else is so amazing that it does not faze me in the slightest. I am totally brimming with anticipation for the album Soul Punk. Come on Patrick, I can’t wait any longer!
Reviewer: Jasmine Sevette