A Review of Tochi's 'Hello'
Before you get to listen to the track, 'Hello' may sound to you as a greeting. The music track actually is, and more. It's a love song as though conveyed to a lover over a telephone conversation. I came upon 'Hello' by Tochi, unsure of what to expect. Being that he's very much unknown, my curiosity was stirred, and so like one testing the waters, I listened.
The sound arrangements are tastefully sorted and blended, bearing testimony to the producer's mastery of his craft. Appealing to the mind, I must say.
I'll begin with the instrumental accompaniment because it first made an impression on me. Smooth, melodious and ingeniously RnB, it mellows the listener's mood and transports the mind along ways that are milky and starry. You only have to lean back in an easy chair, prop your legs against a cushion, close your eyes and enjoy the musical transport. The sound arrangements are tastefully sorted and blended, bearing testimony to the producer's mastery of his craft. Appealing to the mind, I must say.
A background check on the artist revealed his location to be Nigeria. That quite set my curiosity at ease considering that ingenious musical works have come from that corner of the world more in recent times as in the days of Afro music of the seventies and eighties.
The artist is endowed with a unique vocal tone, and well suited for the genre... Any day when one is feeling loved up, it's best to give a 'Hello' to the mood.
If the instrumentals were as good, the vocal quality is something else. At first it sounded unbelievable. I mean, it had to be aided somehow by digital effects, I protested within me. But then I thought differently afterwards. The artist is endowed with a unique vocal tone, and well suited for the genre. I like the fact that a balance is maintained throughout between the vocals and instrumental accompaniment, as most times it's regrettably noticed in musical productions that either vocals or instrumentals shade the other or compete fiercely for the fore. At some point along the way, the music is varied in rhythm to avoid a monotonous listening experience, and that's thoughtful.
For a widely unknown artist, Tochi achieved a musical success in 'Hello'. It's one song that will make a good default ring tone for a mobile phone brand or a TV commercial. Any day when one is feeling loved up, it's best to give a 'Hello' to the mood.
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