Now Playing: Ralph Castelli – 'Shot Down'

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

It’s mid-December and you’re on a 'sort of date' with the person of your dreams. The walk to your house is filled with lively conversation and with hand holding added to the equation. It seems as though they’ve fully accepted the weirdo you are and your one-way ticket to romance land is checked & stamped. You arrive at your doorstep. At this point, you’re very vulnerable and you cannot stop throwing up emotions like you’ve had a bad case of food poisoning. Though however sick and naked you may feel, you lean in for the kiss. Most of us have been there. That unfortunate feeling that comes from being rejected by a romantic prospect. The kiss, the relationship talk, whatever it may be, being shot down is an uncomfortable feeling that erodes at your self-esteem.

I’m always in awe of artists who can take the most common of human experiences and masterfully craft them into pop tunes. Ralph Castelli has this aforementioned ability and his song 'Shot Down' comes across as both polished and ingrained with that D.I.Y. bedroom-pop sound that always comes across so personable.

Beginning the track is a vocal sample singing the words “Shot Down”. It weaves in-and-out, underpinning the minimal instrumentation. What stands out to me the most is the texture. This song utilises it with such skill and every single facet including the guitar and organic lo-fi-esque percussion all perfectly bring the focal point to the main vocal. It’s just a neatly produced song with massive replay value and it’s a must-play after the majority of romantically themed disasters.

Written by Roy Gordon 

You can purchase 'Shot Down' here or stream it via Apple Music