Stephen wows in inaugural Monstercat releases, ‘Play Me Like a Violin’ and ‘Stay’
Since the release of his debut album, Sincerely, in May 2016, singer/producer Stephen has been relatively quiet, aside from a few vocal features. He burst onto the scene with memorable tracks like “Crossfire,” which has amassed more than 12 million plays on SoundCloud since its initial release in December 2015. Stephen made two follow-up tracks to the hit song, “Crossfire Pt. II” and “Crossfire Pt. III,” which enlisted the talents of rappers and producers for the next chapters of the song.
In the time since, the talented musician has been gearing up for two back-to-back releases on Monstercat‘s Instinct brand, with “Stay” and “Play Me Like a Violin” coming out on Feb. 8 and 9, respectively.
“Play Me Like a Violin” features gorgeous layered harmonies contrasted with a gritty string melody. The song allows Stephen’s emotion-packed vocals to take center stage, supported by a backbone of subtle instrumentals.
Stephen enlists Lindsey Cook to create the core of “Stay.” The simple audio drop of her saying “all I wanna do is stay” sets the mood for the track, assisted by a simple guitar melody. Stephen’s vocals soar in the verses and chorus of this beautifully uncomplicated track.
The two tracks mark Stephen’s compelling return to releasing music, and we can’t wait to hear what else he has up his sleeve.