NYC Genre-Defying Project HARE Drop Smooth New Single "Rolls Along"
When Jersey kid Sebastien Isaac wanted to fill his life with music, he went right after it. He honed his songwriting craft at college then began performing at open mics in the tri-state area, likely wowing crowds of busy Friday nighters with his smooth vocals and quick acoustic strums. Soon, he met the guys who would make up the band they didn't know they were building.
With Sebastien as frontman, James Licata on guitar, Graham Orbe on bass, Jon Caplan on keys, and Michael Santa Cruz on drums, the squad comprises HARE, a genre-defying project dabbling at the intersection of R&B and acoustic. Earlier this year, HARE dropped their debut EP, First Impressions, five candied tracks highlighting Sebastien's undeniable talent as a vocalist.
Today, we need to talk about "Rolls Along," the band's debut single. It's a sexy slow-burn, built on crawling bass warbles before a tender guitar rhythm line kicks in. One by one, new elements join the arrangement, slinking into the spotlight beneath silky vocals. Subtle shimmers of percussion emerge, then a hint of keys followed by swells of synth tones. We even get moments of buttery harmony courtesy of Ariana Gates, whose breathy twang adds yet another dimension to the track.
So we've got all these sultry layers of multi-instrumentation rolling now, but then we're hit with a breakdown of brass: trumpet, trombone, and even sax come together to deliver powerful swells of emotion, punctuating the struggle Sebastien confesses to as he sings "Well, I'll keep you til somebody else rolls along," a resigned battle against insecurity clouding a relationship. For nearly four minutes, we're slapped with endless tiers of smooth rhythms, one after the other blooming into a rich, soulful soundscape.