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  • Willow Gray

Review: "Conversation" - Brett Altman

“Conversation” delves into the complicated and upsetting realization that you have not moved on from a past relationship as much as you initially thought. You have moved on with your life and are in a different position. Life seems better, but there’s a nagging thing that has happened more than once. During most of your conversations, you find yourself bringing up your ex. This is in spite of you having “moved on”. It is a foreign concept to you, as you should have more to talk about than them. Why are you bringing them up? You wonder if the hold they have on you and your ability to speak will ever stop weighing you down. All you think about is them and you are desperate for it to stop so you can just move on.

“Conversation” is a dance and synthpop anthem that has a wide range of instrumentals throughout. The most standout aspect of this single is how different the instrumentation is in each section. It begins with an ambient and emotional tone that gradually adds in more elements. The chorus suddenly shifts away from the ambience and relies on modern beats and melodies. In the final chorus, the two sections blend together so there are some hints of ambience accompanying the upbeat instrumentation. The vocals are similar in how it changes throughout. They start slow and calm but gradually compliment the changing instrumentation. Each part blends to showcase the ever changing emotions and frustrations of the narrator.

Brett Altman is a singer-songwriter from New Jersey. He has been fascinated with music since he was a young child and grew up with influences such as John Mayer and Jason Mraz. He has released many successful singles and other works. He released his debut album Not Quite Love in 2022. It explores themes of reflecting upon lessons learned and how love blends with reality and fantasy. He is well known for performing at many music festivals such as the Tucson Folk Festival. He has received notable praise for his work and talents by publications such as PopMatters and Atwood Magazine. Make sure to follow him on social media and give “Conversation” a listen!

Written By Willow Gray



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