Forest Green – [Q]

There never seems to be a shortage of talent emerging from the Sunshine State. My latest musical fascination coming out of South Florida is non-other than, Q. First introduced to his music through his lead single, “Your Special,” I was immediately blown away by the bare-all sensibility of the acoustic record. The singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has followed it up with his seven-track debut, Forest Green. The 18-minute showcasing effortlessly utilizes a barrage of sonic elements and introspective lyricism to depict Q’s journey.

The album’s opener, “Lavender,” features soft vocals atop coarse production. Flexing his skills as a producer, Q shows off his range and flexibility as an artist, combining the contrasting elements of his voice with grittier production. Progressing forward with guitar-driven tracks like the love-pleading cries of “Lady” and unapologetic honesty of “I Get Tired,” Q showcases a confident self-awareness. The project’s fourth record, “I Might Slip Away if I Don’t Feel Nothing,” can be seen as the debut’s interlude. Hopeful in his romantic advancements, Q paints a familiar picture of our tumultuous relationship with love. The song concludes with an abrupt transition into the downtempo of the love-assured serenade, “Pray Together.” Nearing the album’s close, Q serenades listeners with the loose guitar stylings of the previously released single, “Your Special.” The guitar-centered elements of the lead single will carry its sentiments into the project’s closer, “Backseat Driving.” The vocal showcasing is accompanied by the piercing plucks of his guitar creating a truly intimate finale to a wildly impressive debut.

Q’s debut project is a resounding exhibition of his talents and malleability as an artist. His comfort in utter transparency and skills as a producer are only amplified by his firm self-awareness. We will no doubt be watching his new journey very closely. Stream Q’s new project here and show him your support by following him on Twitter and Instagram.