REVIEW: Vianchi — Overdose (SINGLE)
In his follow up to the overall excellent “Die [Alone],” Vianchi is back with the new single, “Overdose.” Whereas the latter, was something of a brooding and foreboding piece, “Overdose,” evokes an entirely different mood, altogether. This track shows a more vulnerable side to Vianchi, and in a way, contradicts his position on his previous single. At 3:13, this song has the perfect length for radio, and based purely on the strength of the track, and Vianchi’s performance, it could be destined for precisely that. Whereas “Die [Alone]” was a gradually immersive piece, “Overdose” is much more immediate.
Based out of Springfield, MA, Vianchi is still a relative newcomer. He allegedly, has a back catalog of material that he has suspended for unknown reasons. So beyond these two singles, there isn’t much to go off of, in regards to Vianchi’s work. In fact, we know little about Vianchi, and if you pay close attention to his music, you start to understand, it may just be by design. Due to social media, mystique is a lost commodity in the music industry, and those who strive for it, end up making alternative sacrifices.
Based on his previous effort, Vianchi faced comparisons to The Weeknd. With his pristine falsetto, and soulful vocals, it wasn’t necessarily a meritless accusation. On “Overdose,” we hear Vianchi start to gradually move away from some of the more overt tendencies, that branded him as a copy cat of sorts. He seemed to deliberately concoct the antidote to “Die [Alone],” which is exactly what he should have done. As a result, we get to hear the range the Singer possesses, not just from a purely vocal standpoint, but as a storyteller.
The musical aspect of “Overdose” is rich, and layers everything, nicely. Vianchi has surrounded himself with very talented people, like himself. As a result, everything we have heard from him, so far, is quite flattering. The opening dance hall loop, is actually somewhat similar to Kanye West’s “Fade,” from a few years ago; an underrated track in its own right, “Overdose” channels the right vibes, and sets a catchy tone for itself, immediately. The energy is strong, but moderated, as Vianchi comes in with his trademark, polished vocals.
That’s not to say that certain aspects of Vianchi, aren’t still developing. He seems to be keeping a more ostentatious side of his personality, hidden. It could be that he is waiting for the right moment, to add gravitas to his act. He sounds like a star, and eventually, you get the impression he is going to make sure he looks like one. His confidence is there, but it is still compiling.
Vianchi hits the right notes, once again. This time around, I think he has a song with more mainstream potential. “Overdose” has a strong hook, and a clever metaphor, that is surprisingly underused in pop history. Vianchi continues to show how cerebral and calculated he can be, by meticulously presenting his offerings. After all, it would be all too easy to overdose on a good thing.