If You Don’t Mind by Romain Gutsy: Review
Romain Gutsy is a French singer-songwriter and musician who began his career in the 1990s by performing with French bands like Les Affamés and the Celtic band Daffy Plays Mandola. He has also collaborated with more well-known artists, including Grammy-winning alt-Rock band Soul Asylum and American singer Calvin Russel. Romain’s track “If You Don’t Mind” is a fantastic musical ode that blends elements of folk, acoustic, a bit of reggae, and some gypsy jazz too. The track has some truth to it, and the self-reflective nature is quite refreshing to hear.
Romain charms listeners with his interesting playing technique and rhythm elements. In combination with his clean vocals, an aura of guitar chords, and fat bass lines grace the performance. There’s such a unique sensation to “If You Don’t Mind”, it feels as though the musician is displaying nonchalance to some degree. This artistic expression is quite relaxing to hear, and as the crescendo of drums and trumpets flow in it all accumulates to an excellent melody.
You can’t help but move your body to the tune of Romain’s track. I think the elements of gypsy jazz which are present have this interesting time signature to them, that is very funky and catchy at the same time. It’s not your typical pop jam but has a unique blend altogether that will equally make you want to dance, or just vibe with the melody infinitely. All in all, “If You Don’t Mind” is a delightful composition full of pizzazz and character, that the masses would surely enjoy.
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Review by: Damien Reid