Ed Hawke teases the world with Introduction: Nineteen Fifty-Nine and we can’t wait to see what follows. He is clearly setting the stage for something that is due soon hopefully. He cracks open the door to his world giving us a glimpse of his storytelling ability with nothing but the orchestral instrumentals.
Hawke summons every songwriting neuron to write this number, he has you breathing with the track. He captures so much like a firefly in a jar, the song glows and flutters in one and a half minutes. Hawke begins with a classical-sounding soundscape and then slowly injects the song with jazz. Either way, the song is on a journey of its own, it ebbs and flows summoning us to move with it. There is a sense of longing that leaves you with a pinch in your heart and you can’t seem to explain why. He fills the air with meticulously crafted nostalgia that has you reaching for the tissue box.
The instrumental would be perfect in any film honestly. A series that uses instrumentals to its advantage is Bridgerton. Say what you want about the writing and the production but the playlist of the series is popping. Every song fits in wonderfully in the Bridgerton world and so would Introduction: Nineteen Fifty-Nine. The song is beautifully written. Ed Hawke makes you wonder, if the introduction is like this, how would the album be? If you haven’t hit the play button already, what are you doing?