Talk about reinventing yourself. After giving us the funk at Eurovision 2015, Guy Sebastian has changed his tune and gone gritty. His latest single, “Candle”, is a slice of dark, electro-funk soul. Sorry in advance to all of you who may have fallen for Guy, because this song shows he’s all about just one woman.
Guy Sebastian — Candle
Guy’s soulful vocals may never have sounded better, enhanced by a killer beat. The song is definitely at its best when the electro beat is at its hardest in the chorus. It’s not a sound you’d usually associate with Guy, but he sells it perfectly.
It’s a love song without any of the usual schmaltz: no other woman can hold a “candle” to Guy’s wife, after all. As great as Guy can be on a conventional ballad, this goes to show that he wouldn’t need those to woo anyone.
If there is a criticism here, it’s that the video really doesn’t make a whole deal of sense to the song. It’s arty and cool, but for such a personal song, it’s ultimately lacking in Guy. As it is, the narrative and the visuals just don’t seem to flow together. Something as simple as Guy being the “lead” of the video might have helped that.
So, why might Guy have been too busy to be in his own video? Well, for a start, we know he’s been filming the X Factor Australia, which is back on TV screens. He’s also been working hard in the recording studio — even if it’s not been the easiest working space:
That time in the studio is really evident, as Guy has already confirmed his next single’s release too. “Set in Stone” will be out as soon as this Friday. Make sure to check back on wiwibloggs for our review of the new track once it drops.
What do you think of “Candle”? Are you excited to see what Guy’s new album is going to sound like off the back of the track? Let us know in the comments section below.