By BT Fasmer. Newagemusic.guide, 29th August 2019
RedHeat’s new single “Hanami Nights” is a 5 minutes long WOW moment! We already knew that this UK born, Netherlands based artist was talented. The new single is a giant leap for this music project. “Hanami Nights” is a chilled and laid-back piece with a catchy melody – as beautiful as illuminated cherry blossoms, which is the inspiration behind the song. This is indeed a perfect moment to become a RedHeat fan!
RedHeat is a musician and composer specializing in instrumental epics. He recently released an album called “Origins”. It is an album designed to be played end to end, with each piece flowing into the next for an hour of soothing relaxation, promoting mental wellness through mental stimulation with uplifting themes interspersed with gentle meditative parts. Read our “Origins” review here. Also, check out this list of RedHeat’s other releases.
Listening to “Hanami Nights” got me thinking about Shannon M. Mullen’s famous quote: “Due to their short blossom time, Sakura blossoms are a metaphor of life itself: beautiful yet fleeting.”
This quote seems even truer when reading the song’s back story; “The trees and flowers begin to awaken in the spring sun. As she does too from her long hibernation. For my dearest, Ilona-Ruby. In November 2018 Ilona received the news that there was a problem that needed urgent attention, as many know Cancer is one of those things that scare the heck out of people, and it sure did for us.»
“Hanami Nights” has a very long build-up, over 2 minutes. But the time is well-spent. RedHeat successfully creates a lot of anticipation for what’s to come; It is like waiting for light to be turned on to illuminate nighttime cherry blossoms. First some gentle synths are heard, then guitar and a bass. Already at this stage the delicate Eastern flavors are easy to notice. Suddenly we are rewarded with the theme. Wow, what a warm, positive and uplifting melody RedHeat has in store for us!
Perhaps the best part is the production itself. It is very light, not overproduced in any way. RedHeat has 100 % confidence in the melodic qualities, so there’s no need for more effects or additional layers. Hopefully RedHeat will continue marking music as elegant as this.