Pop King St. Humain Makes a Move with Debut EP Emotional Sauna
We need a new pop king, don’t you think? We definitely have Shawn Mendes and I guess we have Ed Sheeran, too, but it’s time for a new reign.
Paging St. Humain.
Born in Singapore and based in Sydney, pop artist St. Humain has been working hard for a few years now to hone a specific brand of emotionally fueled electro-pop: sweet to the ears and good for the heart. On his debut EP, Emotional Sauna, he presents seven quick tracks for easy consumption. They’re total dance bangers but they’re softened by St. Humain’s gentle vocals and sincere delivery.
Hear what St. Humain told The Music Mermaid about Emotional Sauna below:
Emotional Sauna kicks off with “Fever Vibe,” a dynamic opener because it’s one of the most clear-cut bops off the EP. From the very beginning, it seems to burst open: we’re quick to be introduced to St. Humain’s sweet, strong vocals gliding over a buzzing bed of rapid-fire percussive beats and electric eruptions, only to keep gaining power and flavor as the pop anthem progresses. On “Make A Move,” St. Humain offers up a sultry club song pulsing with a sexy heartbeat thrum as he delivers a soft hook hurled into the ether of punchy electronica. “If I’m Honest” takes a tender turn — synth swells bloom sweetly in the distance while St. Humain sings some of his best lines (“I'm sacred and a sinner / I'm holy but I hate / Cold war within my system / And I'd be gone if not for grace"). It’s still an electro-pop arrangement, but there’s something softer here — there’s a broken kind of beauty humming in the sweetness.
The halfway point of Emotional Sauna finds “The Thought Of You,” a classically pop singalong showcasing those airy vocals breathing life into a jangly arrangement. On “Gravity,” St. Humain dabbles in new textures and layers of sonic details. Slaps of percussion, a wailing falsetto, and immense waves of swollen synth twist amongst each other for a dark-pop banger. “Free Fall” marks one of the major a-ha! moments of the EP. It’s the quintessential pop package, a perfect blend of pulsing neon beats, silky vocal delivery, and staccato percussion. We say things are ready for radio all the time, but never has this been more true than it is about this song. St. Humain is here. He’s ready for the throne he deserves. But because he can do everything and more, he doesn’t conclude the record with this pop bop. Instead, Emotional Sauna ends with a bare-bones version of “Make A Move.” Aided by the thick echo of synth keys, St. Humain shows off his seamless vocals. He’s been blessed with a voice soft and soulful — his falsetto? Oh my god.
On Emotional Sauna, St. Humain makes a debut unlike any other. This is less of an introduction than it is a guaranteed arrival of a star and a promise that, shockingly since it seems he’s already done it all, there’s more to come. This is pop for today. Make way.
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Featured photo of St. Humain by Nathan Hopkins