Let Me – Saint Soldier & Rozsa (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There are many reasons for making music. As a form of artistic expression it is as perfect and fluid a medium as you can get. You might make music to energise people, to make them think, to make them dance, to enhance moods, to help them relax, to impart emotion, as a form of escape and every reason in between. But there can hardly be a greater reason to make music than to celebrate the love and marriage of two people.

Written and performed by the happy couple themselves, Let Me is a song that goes beyond the usual realms of “here’s a song we wrote to show our love for each other, “ for whilst it certainly does that elegantly and eloquently it also sounds like something produced perhaps for more commercial reasons. And that is a great mix. A song dripping with intimacy and personal meaning but also one produced to a standard that suggests that it could have a life beyond the reason that it came into existence. Not that Saint Soldier and Rozsa would want that to happen with such a personal musical document but it does say something about the standards they have adhered to here.

Let Me is a graceful, slow dance song, as you might expect for something designed to be played at their own wedding, a declaration of ultimate love in a chaotic world, a song about giving yourself over to the one, of a feeling that is both inexplicable and all consuming. Gentle beats and soft, swelling electronic washes create a platform for their two voices to wrap around each other, the perfect sonic mirror to the reality underlying the song.

Saint Soldier’s output to date has been intriguing to say the least, from hard hitting and poignant rap to eastern infused, groovesome pop to insightful, politically laced soulful, slow-jam observations. So such a glorious balladic dance piece is just another example of his genre-hopping ways. It isn’t even the first time that the two of them have teamed up to collaborate together but in many ways Let Me is the perfect musical coming together for the two of them.

We live in a cynical world, a darkening world, an ever more divided world. Let Me is the antidote to all of that. A song that celebrates love, light, devotion and happiness. Whilst it is the perfect personal celebration of two peoples love, it is also a wonderful beacon of hope for a world heading into an uncertain future.

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