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Alex Boliver

You don’t have to have Timbaland or David Guetta at your elbow to produce something fit for mass consumption. In fact, you don’t even need a professional studio … or a band … or even a practice space. Alex Boliver is doing just fine in his bedroom. Starting with an old computer and a dial-up modem, the Dallas-based singer-songwriter upgraded his recording equipment and released Wonderful Life—a collection of wistful, textured melodies. Boliver plays everything himself, from keys to axe (the kid’s not afraid of a guitar solo, either) but probably his most developed instrument is his voice—limber, emotive and full of longing. “Victim of Us” starts with a staccato pulse of piano, transitioning into bold, spacey textures on the chorus. At heart, Boliver’s a songwriter cut from the same cloth as Jason Mraz—delivering rhythmic melodies and sailing, falsetto vocals. The bluesy strut of “Take A Breath” shows he can play straightforward tune, while the percolating, chirruping synths of “If I Gave You My Heart” showcases Boliver’s love of layers—the more the merrier. “If I move on to greater things, would you come with me?” he asks. With a little finesse on the mixing and mastering, we’ve gotta say yes. Yes we would.

 


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