Gryffin Releases Second Original Single “Whole Heart”
American indie musician Gryffin is one of many disk jockeys who desires to break into the mainstream. He has begun to chart his path toward mainstream recognition with his second original single “Whole Heart”, released on August 26th, 2016. His first original single, “Heading Home”, was released on January 22nd, 2016, so it’s been a while since he’s released any new material.
One glance at Gryffin’s profile on Spotify may not interest you much. Currently, all he has released are his two original singles, a collection of “Heading Home” remixes, and two remixes of some other tracks. However, his Soundcloud profile tells a different story. With twenty-three tracks currently released and available for download, Gryffin demonstrates that he is quite the prolific DJ. His work includes remixes of tracks by CHVRCHES, Ariana Grande & The Weeknd, Maroon 5, Whitney Houston, and Ellie Goulding. When you consider that these artists are all major names in the music industry, you can tell that Gryffin has geared himself up for a mainstream breakthrough.
However, “Whole Heart” doesn’t really break any musical barriers. That’s not necessarily bad—sometimes mainstream success comes in the form of tried-and-true musical formulas—but if Gryffin wants to distinguish himself as an original artist, he’ll have to try harder. Nonetheless, “Whole Heart” has characteristic musical features that give it the potential to break onto Top 40 radio. It’s lighthearted, accessible, and easy on the ears. More importantly, it’s optimistic. For example, the chorus reads:
I said, you’ve got to, got to, got to go whole heart
Yeah, darling, darling, darling, go whole heart
You’ve got to, got to, got to go whole heart
Yeah, darling, darling, darling, go
These lyrics are rather generic and even somewhat imaginative, but they do promote a positive message: no matter what, you have to put forth your full energy into your efforts. Given that Gryffin is a DJ who has worked very hard at his remixes and now at his original tracks, that message fits his persona pretty well.
The lyrics in the verses and the prechorus are much less generic than the chorus, and they paint a darker image in contrast to the upbeat feel of the track. The first verse and the prechorus read:
We got problems in the streets again
Drowning in the violence, it’s getting pretty tense
A lot of hunger in the faces I see
A lot of bitterness, communal emptiness
Don’t trust the water, friend
Chemicals hide with the skeletons
Don’t trust that false pretense
Counterfeit lies are your best defense, I say
If you wonder how Gryffin manages to pair these bleak lyrics with a poppy electronic beat, listen to the official audio for “Whole Heart” on YouTube below. If you like what you hear, check out his profile on Spotify or his prolific list of remixes on his Soundcloud.