High Flying Birds by S J Denney: Review
The Essex-based singer-songwriter S J Denney leaves the worldly problems behind and soars high in his new nomadic anthem High Flying Birds.
The title of the song was inspired by Elton John and Noel Gallagher. All the artist needed now was a story. One fateful day after meeting a friend who was going through some trouble, Denney found the missing piece of the puzzle. As he got back home and sat with his guitar, the song just wrote itself.
Denney’s taste for 70s contemporary rock music shines beautifully in the song. The poetic nomadic lyrics are accompanied by a beautiful piano. S J Denney’s vocal parts are beautifully melodious as he keeps it calm and collected with a melancholic undertone. The string instruments give the song a cinematic effect that makes the song fitting for a parting scene in a movie. The inclusion of panpipes and lap guitar gives the song a European folk edge. This might remind some listeners of Genesis’ Peter Gabriel days. There are so many things going on all at once but at no point did the instruments overpower each other. Instead, they were all in perfect harmony emphasizing the expressions in Denney’s vocals and adding expressions of their own where necessary. The overall composition and the musical arrangement of the song are very sophisticated. A perfect song for fans of Genesis, The Beatles, Elton John, Hozier, and other contemporary artists.
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Photo credits: Hester Denney
Review by: Gabe Finch