If I didn’t tell you that Ras Xix hails from Singapore, you’d never believe that the artist singing on this album was from the Far East. You can tell that Ras spent a lot of time listening to modern rock, specifically from the late 90’s through the 2000’s with a musical style reminiscent of Kings of Leon and Incubus, with plenty of Americana influences as well. Ras Xix probably won’t dazzle you but it certainly won’t bore you to tears either.
Now making his base of operation in Austin, Texas in order for his music to really take off, the debut definitely has a touch of Southern rock but no rock anthem. Still, the album has a bunch of lively tunes and even a bit of soul particularly in Ras’ voice. It’s a well produced debut and musically, Ras has chops there that are worth noting. The opening track “Weightless With You” just comes out and grabs you, exactly what you want in an opener. Immediately following is the deeply soulful personal ballad “Noira 5,” another cut that will keep you interested.
Definitely the hardest track is the punk/metal-inspired “Over” with its loud and heavy guitar riffs that will definitely bring the energy levels up. The acoustic “If It’s Gone” proves how musically versatile an artist and songwriter Ras is with this one. He truly is at his most heartfelt here which you can hear in his voice; a beautiful introspective ballad that will also grab you just as much as the harder material on Ras Xix.
Musically it goes all over the place and while that’s not necessarily a bad thing, Ras needs to figure out if he wants to be known as a rocker or singer/songwriter. It’s as seem he’s too anxious to tell the world he’s both. You’re good Ras and it’s a fine debt but first decide who you’re trying to reach at first. The true fans will follow your musical path should you decide to change it up over time. Still, I’d recommend to everyone to give this Ras Xix a listen to.
Author: Rob Perez
Rob Perez is a freelance writer who has been with The Music Universe early on. As a Correspondent for The Music Universe, you will find him writing reviews and live tweeting awards shows.