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Dabin‘s immensely successful 2019 breakout sophomore album, Wild Youth, has officially received a gorgeous acoustic rework from the Toronto native himself. The highly-anticipated release features vocals from RUNN, Dia Frampton, Essenger, Lexi Norton, and Trove. Out now on Seeking Blue, the Wild Youth acoustic EP strips the electronic completely and allows the instrumentals and vocal work stand center stage.
Kicking off the EP, singer/songwriter RUNN’s melodious voice is prominently featured in “Alive,” with a driving, resonant instrumental serving as a prime accompaniment. “Bloom” begins with contemplative piano chords softly played, with Dia Frampton’s beautifully flowing vocal following not too far behind. Known as the runner-up in the first season of The Voice, this Utah-based musician’s effortlessly mellifluous singing is on full display in this acoustic rendition of “Bloom,” flawlessly complementing the grandiose instrumentation from start-to-finish.
Shifting gears, “Home” features guitar instrumentation alongside producer and vocalist Essenger’s melancholic voice, in turn producing a textured sonic palette that’s both mellow and palpably profound in nature. Portland-based musician Lexi Norton of indie-electronica duo Echos follows with “In Flames,” lending her impressive vocal talent to this introspectively deep track, now accentuated by the delicate playing of both the piano and guitar. Trove tops off the acoustic EP with “Lights.” The multifaceted Australian native offers his soaring vocal to the track, a pensively emotive tour-de-force that will leave the listener wanting more.
Well worth the wait, the acoustic version of Wild Youth is a certified sonic gem that perfectly re-imagines its base material in addition to impeccably re-capturing the raw emotion and essence of its source.