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A delightful mixture of southern rock with a western twang

Stuart Rolfe and the Daylight Stealers - What Happens When

A delightful mixture of southern rock with a western twang, Stuart Rolfe and the Daylight Stealers create one of those epic classics on the timeless “What happens When”. By far the highlight of the sound comes from their impressive buildup. They take their time in sculpting the sound by offering a sweeping scope, one that feels nearly symphonic in its beauty. His lyrics serve as the focal point for the work for the rhythms have a pastoral quality about them, for the raw grit and soul that the piece oozes feel outright visceral.

Right from the beginning they set the tone quite nicely, letting the atmosphere slowly moves into focus. The rest of the instruments gradually are brought into the mix, resulting in a communal experience that has a warm, inviting presence to it. Volume is a must for this is a piece that deserves to felt as much as heard. His voice has a reassuring quality to it, with every single verse balanced for maximum effect. Everything about the piece has a majesty to it, for the way they allow the cinematic elements to fall into place feels just right. Rhythms too take their time for the song has a reflective cadence to all of it. Layer upon layer is brought with such loveliness, for they have a painterly precision to the way they bring it all together for the crescendo finale.

Stuart Rolfe and the Daylight Stealers craft a beautiful, sprawling track on the soothing scope of “What Happens When”.



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