EN EYE CEE
By Mike O’Cull www.mikeocull.com
En Eye Cee, a.k.a. Nic Chiappetta, is an amazing pop/R&B singer from London with a killer new single called “Promises” that’s ready to take on the world. The song is a tantalizing mix of pop, rock, and R&B sounds delivered with old-school soul and 21st Century energy. Chiappetta is a powerful and dramatic vocalist with a big presence on the microphone. He renders this track in a deeply personal way that blows right through those silly genre boundaries and one-dimensional industry expectations that have diluted music for so long and gives listeners something vital and original. Cee makes no bones about being a fearless creative and takes us along everywhere his ears take him. This confidence makes “Promises” one of the most crucial and exciting bits of new music to drop this year. En Eye Cee is obviously chasing a vision, not a trend, and he’s created an iconoclastic track that’s a multifaceted gem.
“Promises” kicks off with a chilled-out and cinematic synth-and-drum intro that soon gives way to a verse packed with 70s soul/funk DNA. Just when you’re thinking you’ve got this song sorted out, the alt-rock power chord chorus kicks in and rearranges everything. Cee delivers his good-man-done-wrong lyrical message like a boss and wrings out all the pain inside of this moody masterpiece. En Eye Cee is a unique, individual artist in a world of copycats and stands tall where lesser performers would fade into the background. Get on “Promises” right now. This is the good stuff.