Close your eyes and view soulful music through a telescopic lens that gives a panoramic view of the galaxy. Allow the kicks, snares, hi-hats and interwoven melodies of spoken word and vocal inflection to reveal the beautiful constellations cascading across the planetarium within your mind. Feel the harmonic piano riffs tingle your inner being as Okinawa’s rising star, Uriah, breathes life into each intergalactic track on his latest album, The Stars and their Places.
This 14 track celestial work of art could be best described as a combination of Soul, R&B, and Hip-Hop injected with the energy of the quasars. The cosmic production invokes euphoric feelings as perfectly sequenced complimentary drums make love to guitar, piano and other intricate sounds from outer space. Uriah channels his imaginary spirit on “Constellations/Escape Paradox” a record that travels through the mind’s subterranean cortex and displays the visual foresight of his future in the music industry. Uriah’s voice is pure and passionate; each word and each note is coated with fervor. Hard drums blend with the sweet sounds of a gentle guitar melody, granting Uriah the perfect backdrop to express himself. The album’s sole collaboration, “The Wake” features emerging Hip-Hop star Armond. These two gifted artists exchange heartfelt vocal performances which compliments each other perfectly. The synthesized air choir, drums and bass guitar collaborate to give listeners a mesmerizing listening experience. These two tracks are just a small preview of the album’s listening potential.
The Stars and their Places is an abstract collective that takes the listener on a fantastic voyage through the musical solar system. The album’s concept stays true to its title and possesses a space-like feel to it. The production is unique and has just enough diversity to avoid the monotony that most concept albums endure. Uriah’s voice may not be the strongest one has heard, but he knows his range and his passion is unyielding. TSATP is a must have collection of song and sound and should be downloaded and shared at once. Get it at thisisuriah.com. The Land of the Rising Sun is prepared to watch one of its latest prospects find his place among the stars.