A man of many talents -- singer, songwriter, and producer -- Norwegian artist Astroleaf is a proud new addition to our label roster. His Silk Music debut, "Open Your Heart," showcases his versatility as a composer, as well as the musicality and emotional depth of his work. This gorgeous broken-hearted ballad, a hybrid of the alternative singer-songwriter and progressive breaks genres, is paired with extraordinary remixes by label veteran LTN, who offers the poignant 'Sunrise' treatment.
Astroleaf's stunning original version of "Open Your Heart" is a sonic plea to a former lover to give their relationship one more chance. The unforgettable refrain, "Open your heart, my darling," gives the song its name and strikes an indelibly emotional chord in the listener's own heart. A resonant bassline and a slowed-down, steady breakbeat offer the track plenty of low-end power as well. On vocals, Astroleaf evinces instant star power, as his voice is quite naturally both distinctive and affective, and the pop qualities of his songwriting are balanced well with elegant and mature compositional touches throughout the arrangement.
Ever-reliable Indonesian sensation LTN delivers a breathtaking vocal remix, thereby adding to his celebrated series of chilled, yet emotive 'Sunrise' interpretations of vocal electronic tracks. In the early going, a moody atmosphere sets the stage for the arrival of Astroleaf's vocal, which has been slowed down for enhanced sentimental effect. Crystalline melodies, stirring strings, and evocative pads provide the backdrop for the verses, as well as an especially incisive piano theme. Not following a traditional arrangement, the remix proceeds with a patient crescendo, offering a series of mini-breaks, but not an extended breakdown. The result is an exceedingly moving aural journey, guided by the mellifluous "narration" of the promising Astroleaf.