Brandon Wronski has found his niche in R&B.
His entrance into the genre with his debut solo EP, under the moniker Roy English, may have been a hit or miss with fans. As a result, some, myself included, didn’t bother to come back to the album or give his future endeavors much attention. Fortunately, when news broke of “Stained Glass Heart,” I was open for another listen. I’m pleased to report that I am nothing short of amazed.
The track begins with a single line of distant, ambient synth that chimes under Wronski’s brilliant falsetto. With each couplet, the beat intensifies, introducing a new wave of electronics that gently pull you along. The astonishing chorus surrounds the listener and ushers in a resonating polyphonic beat. The beautifully melodic vocals that simmer softly in the atmosphere begin to develop a completely entrancing musical experience which is reasserted as the chorus climaxes to the enchanting croon that stole your heart at the very beginning of the song.
The second verse, as well as the remaining choruses, may begin to feel a bit repetitious since the song manages roughly five minutes of play time, but the diversification of electronics, melody, and structure may not have you too concerned, minimizing the feeling that the song overstays its welcome. After all, the parts it repeats are still gorgeous. Added value is provided by means of clean, engaging production (compliments of BRKLYN) that knows when to incorporate low-fi rhythm (reminiscent of The Weeknd) and when to channel Wronski’s incredibly moving vocal presentation.
There is no expression of cliche, there is no generic delivery, and really there is no disappointment, unlike what I found in the FearLove EP. But again, this track was an incredible surprise. If Roy English continues to perform with such delicate balance and emotional strength, you can expect his name to become a staple in the genre. Please, even if you’re not a fan of the genre, take a moment to listen and enjoy.