Holland-by-way-of-Ladbroke Grove singer Bo Saris has made quite the impression in his native Netherlands, but wanted a change from being a big fish in a little sea, and is now looking set to break onto the UK scene with his powerful vocal register and soulful intonations. His new single is released today!
Bo Saris (Boris Titulaer (Venlo, October 3, 1980)) is a Dutch singer and the winner of the television program Dutch Idol in season 2003/2004. It’s a bold move to describe someone as the new, male equivalent of the late Amy Winehouse – but those really are the best words for the Motown-revisited sounds of Bo Saris.
The influences on ‘She’s On Fire’ are clear from the outset – Bill Withers, Prince, Marvin Gaye and, of course, Amy herself. The funk bass, the reserved riffs of the blues guitar and the almost Doors-esque organ all intertwine to provide one terrific backing track, but the real beauty of this single is Saris’ voice.
In an era of auto-tune finding its way onto even the most left field songs, you could be forgiven for believing the art of singing is dead, but the breathy falsetto that pushes through this young singer’s lips can safely assuage such an assumption. With the gasps of a young Michael Jackson, the funk of James Brown himself, and all the updated soul glory that surrounds fellow singers Cee-Lo Green and Aloe Blacc, Saris as a singer transcends the confines of any one era.
The elements that make up ‘She’s On Fire’ are anything but complex, but its Motown vibes and lo-fi production merge to form something that’s both rich and as authentic as anything Detroit’s finest could put out.