NYC-based artist, blogger, and performer. A lover of thrifting, collector of Spotify playlists, and enthusiast of cheap wine.
America’s Music City is grooving to a brand new sound. For ol’ Nashville, the days of rock & roll or country stylings are beginning to fade, and R&B is quickly taking their place. For the last few years, emerging artists have been looking for other influences to drive their new sounds. For ex-New Zealander-turned-Nashvillian musician, Cy Winstanley, harnessing elements of soul and neo-soul in his debut EP has only elevated his longstanding artistry. He is no stranger to surprising storytelling or heartfelt narrative; and these have remained as crucial pillars for his work.
His second single, Trick in the Box, is reminiscent of a soulful 90’s love song with gooey harmonies, warm piano and lush guitar. Winstanley weaves a tale of a blooming romance and the lengths one will take to finally make it a reality. When the one you love is just out of reach, there are no boundaries to the actions you may take to earn their affections. You feel like a magician pulling rabbits out of hats just to win them over. Written as a sort of homage to the late Whitney Houston, the singer lays down his armor and bares his soul in the name of love. A wonderfully expressive track filled with passion and magic, Trick in the Box not only stands the test of time as a classic R&B love song, but shines through the modern rubble as a real gem.