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Justin Caruso – More Than A Stranger (feat. Cappa & Ryan Hicari)

I’m a sucker for a good vocal duet and that’s the centerpiece of Justin Caruso’s new single. Featuring Cappa and Ryan Hicari, the two provide beautiful and melodic performances that intertwine with one another like holding hands with someone you love. It also fits the songs theme of becoming more than a stranger as you can hear the two progressively becoming closer until their vocals overlap. Speaking of vocals, I’m equally a sucker for the vocal effects on Hicari’s voice at choice moments. It reminds me of my favorite ’80s vocalist like Phil Collins who’d add robotic effects that work as an emotional extension to give their work even more layers.

Of course, I’m also a massive fan of the production Caruso has done here. It’s super nuanced and seeping with serious pathos that sets the stage for all of the above. It really does well to flesh out the concept of realizing a stranger will be essential to your life, whether it’s a future friend or significant other. It’s a beautiful moment that’s hard to quantify but we’ve all felt it at one point or another. Here’s to embracing what the universe puts in front of you and going with the flow!