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New York based Sgmaniak has released his latest album The Global Heart Awakens, and it’s a tasty combo of neo-indie, soul and jazz. Inspired by his own personal and internal changes, as well as the striking events that have hit the globe over the last few years, the songwriter felt a sense of frustration, fear and sadness for the social injustice in the world. The album covers life as Sgmaniak (aka Matt Anderson) gives us a raw insight into his development as both a musician and a human. 

The album, The Global Heart Awakens, is a nine-track catalog of tunes ranging from twanging, rock-glazed motifs, funky, slap-up bass lines, tropical, high-frequency drums and wild, shining moments from electric guitar solos to trumpet puffs and vintage vibe synths. Perhaps the most striking element of the album is the overall wash of calm despite the upbeat, hearty dance anthems that elicit pure joy. His cool-as-a-cucumber vocals are bound to catch you off guard with his phenomenal range. 

“Prayers On Ice” is perhaps one of the most stand out tracks, kicking off with a smooth, calming soundscape of synths and a wavy beat. The spaced-out melodies leave ample room for you to appreciate the slow world of magical neo-soul zest. Written about the first experience of living with his parents in separation following a divorce, he sings, “Home’s not the same, gold rings rust, my old room is all covered in dust.”

“Fireworks” swoops in with a jazzy keys riff, a quirky melody and a memorable drop into the chorus. Touching on his anger at the portrayal of George Floyd by certain news outlets, it reiterates his frustration at the world and the crazy lack of concern for the future of the youth. The artist chants, “I don’t wanna disappear, wanna go out with a bang and a flash, don’t wanna live my whole life in a mask, but take it off then you swallow tear gas.”

If the start and finish of this album intrigue you, you're in for a ride when you indulge in the rest of the seven tunes. Not only is this album a tribute to the social injustice and weight on the youth of today, but an honest insight into Anderson’s experiences as a person and musician. This album is a must have in your 2021 rotations, go enjoy, you absolutely won't regret it.