There’s something magical about classic movies. The ’50s and ’60s were a different time for film. They started with grandeur, there was always a stirring, somewhat mysterious opening overture that signaled to your brain “don’t look away! Something incredible is about to happen.”
That’s the vibe Sam Gellaitry rides on his latest single “Jungle Waters,” the first release from Escapism III, the third and final EP in his Escapism saga. It opens with beautiful runs on the harp and chimes with full orchestral backing. The soundtrack unfolds until its swallowed by tribal drums and high-end hip-hop beats.
“I always liked when people would compare my tracks to a story or a journey,” he is quoted in a press release. “It is something I’ve always strived for, and I love imagining my fans getting lost in my tracks just as you would with a book or when exploring. I also feel that having an escape and something that takes your mind off the negativity in life is essential. When I realised (sic) that my escape would turn into what I do as a living, naming the project Escapism only felt right.”
“Jungle Waters” comes out of the beat and back around to its twisting and turning orchestral beginning, then melts again into a multi-colored fantasy world of electric textures and playful sounds. It wraps in this edge-of-your-seat way that leaves one unsatisfied, only because it’s clearly meant to lead into whatever the second track of Escapism III will be. It’s like the DVD of that great classic movie is scratched and always skips right when the camera pans to your main character. It’s a tease, but I’m loving it anyway.
Grab “Jungle Waters” on Spotify, iTunes, and elsewhere, or listen below.