Johan Gielen – Souvenir

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After a fantastic year 2017 with amazing tracks like “End Of Time”, “Hollow Shadow” and “Mika”, Johan Gielen starts in style into 2018 with another beautiful trance jewel!
When ait starts, its easy-going sounds hint at a mellow Trancer, ideal for when Spring starts peeking around the corner… But once the bassline kicks in, you realize you are dealing with something of a heavy hitter! The build-up here has some synth teases and stabs in the background and a gentle guitar-ish melody line added, a teasing hint of the uplifting goodness that is to follow. Two minutes in we are greeted by some delightful Trance plucks that manage to sound fit for a stadium-sized venue without ever going over-the-top: Johan strikes a delicate balance here because even though Trance can be energetic AND emotional, some producers tend to sacrifice the one for the other. Not Johan though: it is remarkable how he deploys such a heavy-hitting bassline in combination with such gentle Trance plucks in such harmonic fashion. The guitar line returns after the drop for an extra dash of euphoria and though the track’s main part ends with about two minutes to spare, Johan manages to guide us out of Souvenir’s beauty in a subtle manner. Atmosphere is the keyword here as after the arm-raising fun we are still kept delighted, with the knowledge that all good things come to an end.
With already great support by Armin van Buuren, Markus Schulz, Andrew Rayel and Ferry Corsten, “Souvenir” is one of our first highlights in 2018!
Artist: Johan Gielen
Track: Souvenir
Label: High Contrast Recordings
Release Date: February 05th 2018
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