Ronald Van Deurzen might be able to align stars with his music. A cinematic edge, superior vision and climactic compositional ability gives him an edge like none of his contemporaries. Deep, creative and engulfing, his music is of the moment and the moment alone. What he imagines is what we see, and that’s the mark of a great musician. This is his latest single, Seashells.
When David Attenborough explains the beauty of the sea, I am usually taken aback. It is a world like none other, practically broken by the threshold of an element. We have explored the sea, but never experienced it truly. Ronald Van Deurzen changes that in many ways. If an instrument is to imbibe emotions without lyrics to help, it is much more complex. Radiohead might have done a good job with Blue Planet, but I would take Ronald’s immersive music anyday. With Seashells, there is a journey back to the origin as well, and the rhythm is felt like the waves. The percussion is soft and spreads evenly. Creating a reverberating wall of sound, it feels almost like marine creatures conversing. This is where genius lies, in conversing with the effect of the experience.
Though as mentioned earlier, I’d have used this in many Nat-Geo/Discovery documentaries, the compositional skills deserve a standing ovation. Swelling and dipping, it imitates the ocean and relationship with the shore. Just like a seashell. His most popular track might be Hopeful Bliss, but all his songs explore the spoken word quality of instrumental music in detail. Follow him for more expressive, enigmatic music!