New Zealand singer-songwriter S A Reyners is a self-proclaimed ‘one-man band’ and his endeavors certainly shine through in his single “Saturday Afternoon.” An all-around DIY approach to his style of music is extremely ambitious, but Reyners proves to his listener right off the bat that he is a strong force to be reckoned with and is not going to fade away into the blend of countless artists similar to him.
From the very first key of the piano, it’s pretty obvious that Reyners is more than willing to take you on franticly paced musical adventure in “Saturday Afternoon.’ The track has a similar musicality to that of How I Met Your Mother‘s theme song, which is definitely not the worst that it can be compared to and can easily generate a familiarity with fans of the show. However, he strays away from the easy showtune instrumentation with his incorporation of upbeat-yet-ethereal guitars that give it that retro ’60s beach song flair.
What really catches your ear is Reyner’s quirky and magnetic voice that is nothing like any artist out there. If I had to compare his overall music style to any well-known artists it would have to be a combination of Beck and maybe a hint of Hellogoodbye. Reyners himself is usually compared to that of Scottish crooner Aztec Camera, as well as folk-punk singer-songwriter Elliott Smith and ’90s power pop band The Posies. Comparisons themselves don’t matter when the artist has their own special brand of musical charisma, which Reyners clearly has.
S A Reyners is probably one of New Zealand’s best kept secrets and it’s about time for him to gain the recognition that he so greatly deserves for his music. His DIY approach is stunning and extremely commendable due to the fact that he also included his own backing vocals, bass guitar and xylophone skills on top of what he as already doing with “Saturday Afternoon.” Reyners masterfully blends all of the instrumentation and vocals together as if done by a major label professional, and that proactiveness makes him a very valuable piece in the music industry.
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Indie/ Pop-Rock | Independent