The Night Turns To Morning Light (REMIX), review by iamchxn, a professional music producer/ engineer and A&R for several indie and major labels.
The smooth voice of singer/songwriter Martin Lucassen is an incredible instrument, it was amazing on his original project, “The Night Turns to Morning Light,” and it’s simply brilliant on “The Night Turns To Morning Light (REMIX).” The album is revamped, remixed, and the result is a re-creation of a new sound. The project starts where the original left off, literally.
“Beauty All Around,” provides a solid opening, its a little less rock fortified a little more rhythmically enhanced with a classic mellow indie sound. It’s a little gritty and I have to admit I like that sound coming from Martin.
“These Are The Times,” has to be one of my favorite remixes. Martin’s voice bounces across the industry of guitar driven sound and smooth drum cadences with very little reverb. The track feels good, like care free easy summers, or smooth drives down the coast.
On “Heart On Fire,” Martin’s voice seems to float and flutter over a pop filled rock crescendo, lifted by breezy bass swells. But don’t mistake the consistent guitar strings for mundane, much like the songs before Martin continues to reinvent an already nervy sound.
“Break The Glass” has a rainy day sound, it’s mellifluous but with enough of a burr to keep your attention, it’s a unique quality that Martin seems to master.
“Do You Want Some Love” is a sort of woeful type of beauty, the original had a Beatles meets indie rocker sound, while I do think it still echoes a slight hint of The Beatles influence, the remix is cleaner, mellow, and passionate.
“Happy Travelers,” is a thick reverb heavy guitar with Martin’s vocals streaming seamlessly over it. The slightly acoustic blends give the track a nostalgic feel, reminds me of something British, light layers of extraneous strings create a fantastic sound.
“Come To Me” is another highlight on the remix album. There’s a perfect pairing of vocals and instrumentation here; the band plays with unflinching conviction, Martin’s tone is effortless, the background vocals are crisp, concise and ambitiously passionate. This song is perfectly put together.
“I Love You More,” is romantic thoughts personified, the lyrics are passionate, and pure. In a time when love can appear overrated this song is a perfect reminder that happy endings do exist. Martin’s tone is lighter on the remix, his warm and familiar bravado, is “like coming home.”
While “Love You From Scratch,” is another stand out in a sea of hits. The guitar intro is pure genius. The tambourine, the drums, the vocals, everything about this one is well put together. This is feel good music.
“What You Mean To Me” is like a musical painting, it does more than tell a story it literally paints a picture of emotion, of passion, of happiness, and of heartache. There’s no over the top instrumentation here, it’s pure artistry, it reminds me of classic rock, Martin’s niche for taking a sound and turning it into his own is more than apparent as he glides through the chorus singing, “do you know what you mean to me?”
“How Will It Be” exemplifies Martin’s ability to express diverse range, it’s a blues track, filled with emotional attitude. It’s one of the most relatable tracks on the album.
“Love Me Right Now” is a classic way to wrap up an already solid project. It’s up-tempo, there’s an amazing harmonica ripping through the track, the melody is catchy, and Martin’s vocal tone is warm and passionate. His charisma is palpable, and his talent is relentless. It’s the perfect close to a perfectly orchestrated and well put together project.