Last week Denmark native Alex Vargas released his new EP ’Solid Ground’. Previously the frontman of Vagabond, the EP is Vargas’ second collection of work since the reinvention of his sound as a solo act. Innovative and powerful, the release stands as a gripping new chapter in this artist’s journey.
The lead track off the EP Till Forever Runs Out opens in striking falsetto, vocally reminiscent of Sam Smith in spite of the far darker underlying score and atmosphere. Compared with older work, Vargas also seems to have taken on a more electronic approach in this release. Previous single ‘Howl’ demonstrated his skill as a songwriter in an acoustic setting, but this new sound is a move into a larger sound world, perhaps influenced by his close friend Jack Garratt. Cited by Paul Lester as 'one of the most impressive white soul voices since Michael Hutchence, Steve Winwood and Robert Palmer’, Vargas’ stunning and effortlessly versatile vocals are also backed up by an unmistakable talent for melody.
We were lucky enough to catch him at his sold out Electrowerkz show this week. Oozing confidence and charm he completely convinced us that he’s one to watch.