Birmingham artist Stealth has been on the fringes of solo success for a little while now. A native of the famous industrial city, his music reflects the very nature of the town he was raised in ; shadowy, cultured and honest. His more recent output such as last year’s Judgement Day single helped establish him through channels such as BBC Introducing, as a hidden gem and even found him providing vocals for drum and bass mavericks Netsky Vs. Metrik’s, demonstrating a flexibility in collaborating with artists outside of his own genre. 2017 brings a new year and a brand new EP titled Verse, showcasing some unique new elements over a trio of tracks.
Blame – Opening with resonator like guitars, Stealth introduces his dulcet tones slowly, sounding not unlike Hozier at times. It eventually kicks into a pulsing beat but retains a dusky vibe throughout. At just over two and a half minutes, it acts as a brooding calm before the storm.
Real Life – The record steps up a notch here with the stomping Real Life. Backed by a groove that would be right at home on the Mississippi Delta, it utilizes low vocals alongside a muscular blues guitar riff to create a backdrop for Stealth’s soulful vocal delivery.
How Much Further – The most commercial of the three, How Much Further starts with handclaps and snappy drums before diving headfirst into a huge chorus detailing a lyric based around the “constant struggle normal people have to go through”. Co-written by the two-time Grammy nominated Michael Angelo, it’s a keen demonstration of just how commercially viable Stealth is.
The latest release from Stealth is a short but sweet education in modern bluesy pop. It shows bottomless potential in certain areas such as the pulsing Blame, although with most of the songs falling under the 3 minute mark, there is definitely room to pack future songs with more adventurous structures. What Verse lacks in originality however, it more than makes up for in firepower and with house sized vocal hooks and a striking full production, it captures an artist primed for radio success.
Verse is available to stream everywhere now.