Record Review: Christopher Price – ‘Grindstone’

Gstone coverGlasgow’s own Bob Dylan-esque singer/songwriter Christopher Price’s new single is a trip back in time to when Dylan and Neil Young owned music.

‘Grindstone’ is your basic acoustic-folk song, vocals and guitar with simple production.

It is Price’s throaty vocals that beef up the track giving it a chunky rock vibe; his voice takes on the role of a literal grindstone, crunching its way through the song with its strong tone.

The track is slow burning; almost slipping into the pigeon hole of becoming a one man show, with just Price and his acoustic guitar until the electric guitar comes stomping in, reviving the track.

This works as a well-placed crescendo in production, throwing the track in darker direction.

Price’s guitar skills come out towards the end, showing his diversity and ability to jump from acoustic performer to rocker.

Lyrically honest songs without failure stir emotions and thoughts from the listener; Price has used this tool to take listeners on a journey through self-realisation of his struggle to cope with the pressures life has thrown at him.

“I work this body till there’s nothing left but bone and I’m done”, conveys the deep emotional turmoil faced by Price when penning this track.

He perfectly depicts the empty feeling of defeat when hard work becomes a fruitless endeavour.

Being a fully-fledged adult is a daunting experience; life becomes filled with responsibilities and can devour the fire that once burned throughout youth.

Price pinholes this emotion, simply deconstructing it and giving the audience digestible, relatable lyrics: “I’m much too young to be feeling so old, so goddamn old; I’m much too young to be feeling there’s no hope”.

Christopher Price has written a well-structured alternative folk song, which are both thought provoking and able to exude raw power through his strong vocals.

Production is the key element to creating a strong, lasting track; Price has not used this to his advantage by keeping the production to a minimal, this does not affect the track itself, however, if Price wishes to carve a place in modern music, he will have to grow as an artist.

Words: Kimi Inglis 

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