I am absolutely crazy for James Alphonse's new track "Crazy For You".
The bass is infectious! My inner dancer immediately wants to get up and move. There is something very powerful about this completely lovesick track.
I think the narrative of this song just resonates with me as a listener. How do you know you are really ready for a serious relationship and not just playing games for immediate satisfaction and entertainment. There is something intoxicating about the chase and wanting someone to reciprocate the feelings you feel for them. You think that one person is your person, but are they? “Crazy For You,” the newest single from James, a bit like a cooking recipe. It’s one part “hey, I’m sorry. I was ignorant and couldn’t empathize with you” and another part “this sucks, now I understand.”
Through fat, funky bass lines, dark guitars, a yearning falsetto vocal delivery and a groovy drum line, James Alphonse exclaims the frustrations of not being on the same page as the one he was dating.
Finding someone special at the same time you find out that same person doesn't feel you're special too. This song is partly James Alphonse's apology for being the one to not commit and partly his recognition of how much it hurt when he was the one in the same position.
James Alphonse has toured Ontario, Canada with different groups, winning awards at various universities and opening for bands like The Trews. Moreover, he has been nominated for and won awards at the Hamilton Music Awards in the Best New Artist or Group of the Year category. All of this has been aided by his mentors Nick Blagona (The Police, Deep Purple, Beegees) and Mark Daum (inventor of the piantar). His newest mentors are Andre Kaden Black (Fefe Dobson, Francesco Yates) and Tal Vaisman (working in a variety of capacities with groups like 21 Pilots and Imagine Dragons), who have produced James’ debut EP as a solo artist.
Review by Hannah Schneider