TheSullivan Sees, led bysongwriter/musician Mick Cooper, give us a glimpse and snapshot of lockdownthat pays tribute to the everyday saviours with the new single “Strange Times”. Aneclectic and collaborative song that showcases both the artistic merit ofmusicianship, and the distinctive message that parallels with it.
AlongsideCooper, at the helm on lead vocals, he is joined by a robust cast of featureartists at the top of their game on this track that includes Dan Harriss onpiano, Mattias on guitar, Josue on trumpet, Jason Meekins on drums, rapper Mic,and a debut performance by Ann on backup vocals. You can hear a showcasing ofeach member’s craft throughout the song’s duration. With Cooper’s chilled yetmysterious low-to-mid range lead vocals, this song encapsulates an effectivelyambient story telling technique that gets your attention from the beginning.The song itself has a clean mix between a lighter 90s-influenced indie rocksensibility with hints of jazz and a versatile vibe that touches on severalother genre textures and moods. Cooper presents the song with subtlety and hispassion is definitely apparent with both his performance and content.
Featureartist Ann’s vocal appearance is quite a treat. Her impressively high rangewith tour de force harmonies really enhances the overall performance andcompliments Cooper’s vocals. Rapper Mic delivers some bars and hooks during thesong’s bridge and breakdown that really adds to this track’s versatility. He’sunexpected, but certainly not out of place. Meanwhile the guitar work towardsthis part of the song has a true visceral feel with structured melodic swells,bluesy riffage and overall precision that really solidifies Mattias’s craft onthis track. It’s hard to pick the stand out performance as all musicians are onthe top of their game. Dan Harriss delivers an amazing jazz piano and “Magic”Josue’s trumpet highlights why he is building up a strong following in his ownright.
All revenues from “Strange Times” are going to NHS charities. Thesong is available now on Apple Music, ITunes, Spotify, and other digital musicstreaming platforms. You’ll definitely be adding this one to your playlist.