Earlier today, Daniel Nigro, former lead singer of As Tall as Lions, released his new single "Hourglass," on his Facebook and Bandcamp page. The song's debut comes after months of waiting, rumors and endless speculation. What would it sound like? Solo acoustic? Something meatier and electric? Turns out the solo project, which uses the stage name Blocks, is something altogether different.
Self-described as minimalist crooning hip-hop, the song borrows shades of Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel and Elbow to help make for a most rewarding listen. While initial reaction has been mixed, there's little about "Hourglass," that isn't enjoyable. Subdued, intricate and endlessly winsome it's as promising as anything Nigro has ever touched. The chorus is buoyant, bubbly and anchored by lingering melodicism. In the end, the song finds its way and the results are nothing short of indelible.
Those that enjoyed Nigro's reedy vocals are certain to find favor with Blocks. If "Hourglass,' is just the beginning, then it seems that Blocks is most assuredly destined for success.