It’s always exciting when Orlando based singer/songwriter Derek Stroker releases a new CD. Stroker is one of the best at writing captivating songs that are super catchy, melodic masterpieces. The 11 songs on his latest release, “Love and Colour” have all the right ingredients to fortify that reputation.
Stroker’s passionate, soulful vocals are at the forefront of the songs on “Love and Colour.” His lyrics are universal and carry relatable messages of love, loss, heartache and inspiration for listeners. The songs on the CD feature lavish musical arrangements that enhance the lyrical mood.
The CD opens with “Blue Skies,” a breezy song featuring the piano and horns gently flowing through the song. “Slow Motion” has a nice funky groove as Stroker sings “we are just spinning our wheels/never getting anywhere/hoping everything comes clear.” “Spending Time” is another song with a funky groove, while “Why We Fall in Love” has a bit of a reggae vibe to it.
“White Lies” is an edgier song with a dark feel as Stroker sings about “something old/something new/there’s no truth inside of you.” “Falling For Love” has a stark, soft intro while “Make Up Your Mind” has a jazzy undercurrent behind steady beats. An acoustic guitar takes the lead on “Last Dance” with the rest of the song delicately unfolding with a smooth groovy bassline and an organ and horns floating in and out.
As if the edgy vibe and steady beats on “Music” weren’t enough of a draw, the lyrics speak volumes to any music lover or performer, such as the opening lyric “let the music take control/let it penetrate your soul/let it become all you know.” “The End” features inspirational lyrics with music building from the stark organ intro into multi-faceted layers tied together with steady beats. The CD closes with the heartfelt piano ballad “Saved By a Song” highlighted by the mournful cello weaving in and out in the background as Stroker sings “silence is gone/and we were/saved, saved by a song.”
Stroker’s melodic music and passionate vocal delivery refuse to be relegated to background filler. His songs demand dedicated listening. Just like he sings on “Music,” “I’m addicted to this music/pass it around.”
Music fans can pick up a copy of “Love and Colour” (as well as his other releases) on the Orlando singer/songwriter’s official web site and iTunes. They can find out more about Stroker on his official site, Facebook, You Tube and Twitter.