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Mendeleyev – If I Can’t Be Free [Review]

Mendeleyev – If I Can’t Be Free [Review]

Hear the latest release ‘If I Can’t Be Free’ from American singer/songwriter Mendeleyev.

The single was recorded by Mendeleyev and produced, mixed and mastered by Mitchell Haeuszer of Haus Music. Together the pair have created a sound that is raw and unique.

Mendeleyev started playing the guitar when he was just three years old, and his unconditional love for the instrument is masterfully showcased in all his recent releases. Throughout his career he has had the opportunity to play his music all over the world. He has already exhibited his talents in Africa, India and Europe, but remains eager to spread his funk soul-folk to every corner of the globe.

His latest release ‘If I Can’t Be Free’ takes influence from Jeff Buckley, Van Morrison and Sublime. The track begins with Mendeleyev singing an energised scat beat that flows into a percussive drum rhythm. As the track continues his resonant baritone vocals and slap/pick guitar technique are at the forefront of the sound. Lyrically the song is heartfelt and full of emotion. It explores Mendeleyev’s belief in self-actualization, with love and freedom being the central theme of the single. He sings “I can’t love you if I can’t be free” implying one must retain their sense of self to have a successful relationship.

‘If I Can’t Be Free’ will be included on Mendeleyev’s debut album Juxtapositions, which is set to be released in summer 2018.


Review by Kate Pearson

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