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  • Rachael Bach

Review: "Stuck in the Middle" - KRYSTOF

“Stuck in the Middle” by KRYSTOF is a vulnerable confessional that details the struggles of trying to find yourself and build self-worth. While it’s difficult and takes a while to get to a point where you’re content, KRYSTOF reminds the listener that it’s worth it as he’s learning to “love just a little” and “laugh just a little,” which are things that make life worth living. The phrase “stuck in the middle” refers to him feeling stuck in life, trying to find love in new and different ways, and overcoming challenges despite not being where he wants to be yet. The track had a melancholic tone but was also hopeful. As a listener, I felt inspired to face the challenges presented in my life head on, and to not wallow in sadness, and I think it would have the same effect on anyone who can relate. 

The track balances gentle guitar instrumentals with a heavy electropop production style. The soft guitar plucking during the verses create a vulnerable tone, and the minimal production during these moments shifts the focus to the lyrics. Layers of synth and drums add emotion and energy to the chorus, which has a powerful, anthemic feel. The juxtaposition of the raw, acoustic elements with the polished electronic components mirrors the contrast between vulnerability and strength that KRYSTOF explores in his lyrics. The dynamic shifts in the instrumentation mirror the ebb and flow of life's challenges and triumphs. Overall, “Stuck in the Middle” perfectly balances the depth of his sadness with the brightness of the future that lies ahead, and the song follows this journey both lyrically and sonically. 

KRYSTOF has always had a passion for music, and wrote his first song at 14 using self-taught guitar chords. By 2016, KRYSTOF was sharing cover songs on Instagram and self-promoting originals on Spotify and YouTube. Securing his first record deal at 17, KRYSTOF writes and composes all his songs independently. His debut single, "Tears&Tonic," reached the 20th position on Austrian Shazam and iTunes Charts, garnering support from major radio stations. Live performances, including at the Klagenfurt Concert Hall and as a support act for Parov Stelar, contributed to his early stage experience. In 2022, KRYSTOF gained recognition in a PROTÉGÉ songwriting contest, nominated by hit songwriter Sasha Alex Sloan. His cover of "I'm Good" even caught the attention of DJ David Guetta. With over 5 million streams worldwide, KRYSTOF's impressive career reflects a promising future in the music industry.

Written By Rachael Bach



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