You may remember that I first introduced you to Gallant when I posted his track "Party Girl" back in the summer of 2011 that he collaborated on with none other than William Orbit. Since then, Gallant has partnered with up and coming producer Felix Snow to further tune his sound. Listeners got a first taste of their collaboration when Gallant unveiled his stunning cover of Ke$ha's "Die Young" late last year.
The hotly-tipped New York singer/songwriter now returns with the equally impressive original "If It Hurts" that is rightfully stirring up a storm of interest among music blogs. It's not easy to label Gallant's music and that's exactly the point. "If I Hurts" is a good example of that. It's lush and intensely atmospheric, yet the production packs a visceral urgency that gives the song a powerful emotional boost.
Gallant's soaring, pitch-perfect vocals are drenched in thick layers of Snow's meticulous and well-constructed arrangement. Most notably, "If It Hurts" features a wandering guitar riff that's serves as the song's beating heart and infuses it with a deep sense of melancholia that is truly captivating. Highly recommended.