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John Daryl Blouin – Pretty Momma

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The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis once said “If you don’t like mid-sixties Motown, you probably don’t like music.” On the basis of ‘Pretty Momma’, John Daryl Blouin definitely likes music.

With that as the standard, ‘Pretty Momma’ is the kind of track thats pretty hard not to at admire. The track simply drips with nostaligia; the brass, the synths, the big soulful vocals – it’s all here. Add to that the way the track has been mastered, with the vinyl crackle and rich analogue warmth, this is music to put on next Friday night, light some candles, and open a bottle of good red wine. Maybe even dust off the lava lamp, because to be honest it would fit right in.

John Daryl Blouin’s voice is rich in tone, with a gentle vibrato, and is confident in moving between notes as well as not shying away from some high notes here and there.

After a lot of guitar bands and the latest dance producers, John Daryl Blouin could just be the musical salve that you’re looking for. Granted, it won’t be to everybody’s taste, but in small doses, a track like ‘Pretty Momma’ is like a shot of rich espresso to perk you up.

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