Canadian soul singer Conrad The Third releases his captivating new track “Don’t”.
Toronto soul artist Conrad The Third comes through like the newest kid in the sonic lineage of Maxwell, D’Angelo, and Lewis Taylor. Born into a family of classical musicians, Conrad’s music draws inspiration from across the musical spectrum, with lyrics about love, lust, and loss.
“Don’t” was mostly recorded live off-the-floor with an array of soul musicians including drummer Larnell Lewis of Snarky Puppy, multi-instrumentalist Jordan John, keyboardist and arranger Michael Shand, and bassist Calvin Beale. With all the live tracks in the hands of my producer Trey Mills and I, we added Moog bass and various other noises to find that ideal, sultry mix of both live and produced RnB.
Conrad himself declares “I would always hope that listeners decide what my lyrics mean to them rather than impose my own meaning, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the intent behind “Don’t” hits you in the face as it was meant to”.
After writing “Get You Alone” and “Don’t” years ago, I held on to both of these songs for what now feels like a very long time. It’s been an interesting process letting them out into the world – equal parts feeling as deconstructive as they do rewarding. Having always been at home in the writing studio, it is unnerving to head into the post-release unknown, but now that we’re on this side looking back, I only hope that “don’t” can speak to people the way that it has to me.
His hypnotic debut single “Get You Alone” is a gentle yet insistent ballad that sweeps you up in lofty falsetto, then takes you down into pure seduction. It’s a champagne and salted caramel type of groove. There’s no escaping that kind of intoxication…and you won’t want to.
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