When we first put our hands (and ears) on Mendeleyev’s awesome Pure, we could in fact relate with his main references. Amos Lee, Radiohead, Jose Gonzalez, John Mayer and Jack Johnson. All are definitely there. Both in the small details and in the big waves of sound. But even if the guitar also reminds us of the Tallest Man on Earth, his vocals are The thing. A thing we can’t really relate with any other. A thing we’ve never ever heard before.
Pure is the first single coming out of Mendeleyev’s debut album entitled Juxtapositions. And if we say it is also the album’s opener, we already know we are going for something extraordinary. Honest and raw, and singing about his core beliefs of peace, unity and self-actualisation, this sounds ever intentional and intense. Twist in and twist off, changing the instrumentals to a bit more classic, or alternating with the simplistic riffs of the acoustic guitar. Everything sounds paced but reflecting. A melodic bomb and a vocal catharsis.
“Pure is an ode to the self. It’s a song about discovering what I need in my life and what I do not. It’s about manifestation, simplifying everything, returning to clarity, distilling the essence of being.”
To make everything even greater, the video (by Michael Karman) is also a wonder to watch and features some very nice footage of California from a drone. Now tell us you will only hear it once, and we pretend we believe you.
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