ALYOSHA, a one man band lead by Michael Strong, is coming back with new single ‘(We Won’t Let It) Get Us Down’ - a stripped down track that dips into the folk pop genre.
Despite appearances, Strong is just a normal guy who you would find out and about here in Perth. He currently works at You’re Weird Mixing as a producer and engineer, having worked with the likes of Pat Chow, Odlaw, Lonesome Dove and Dolce Blue. Self proclaimed as “too old for Triple J”, I still would like to believe that his experience in the field and down-to-earthness is exactly what feeds into his music and gives it that particular Michael Strong flair. Music Link WA shares this sentiment; “The sound is raw, old school guitar pop. It’s upbeat, true and so damn catchy. It’s music bristling with meaning and purpose. And hooks. And guitarmonies.”
‘(We Won’t Let It) Get Us Down’ is a song simply about turning our fear and insecurities on their head and turning them into our own self-reassurance that everything will be alright. The song creation itself involved many vocal takes both performed and recorded by Strong himself, as well as a complex arrangement of drums, guitar, keys and percussion. Through audio editing and mixing techniques including compression and vocal tuning, the song presents itself as a sweet and joyous concoction of instrumentation and really brings out Strong’s unique vocals.
Make sure to listen to ‘(We Won’t Let It) Get Us Down’ down below!