A lovely lilting lullaby “Good Night” serves as a reassuring work, one that displays Slater Rhea powerfully reassuring voice. The song works as a balm for the autumnal blues. Full of a quiet joy the way his voice resonates with so much life has a soothing simplicity. Nicely incorporating a childlike sense of wonder within its sophisticated take on folk and chamber pop, the whole of the piece radiates so much warmth. Right in the center of the entire piece the lyricism goes for a thoughtful form of poetry. Every verse has a careful cadence to it for they effortlessly balance one after the other. This work follows his recent album “Sing Chinese With Slater” and continues in that same vein, with a careful bridge between Eastern and Western cultures in a way that is respectful to both.
Words here are brought forth with such kindness, at times drawing from Shel Silverstein’s poetry for children. Like his output, Slater Rhea blends the environment with storytelling. Usage of the natural world to inform his storytelling at times has a Nick Drake like grace to it, for the message is timeless. Akin to Nick Drake’s pieces, the buildup has such a subtle hue to it. Instrumentally too he allows the additional flourishes great space to unfurl. Every line is informed with such peacefulness. His delivery also emphasizes a contemplative ode.
The intimacy of the acoustic guitar possesses a tremendous amount of soul. Simple yet effective, there is a delicacy to how the strings sing. Every single element is given so much space. Upon the inclusion of his vocals the piece starts to bloom. Crystal clear enunciation adds to the half-dreamed quality, as if lulling itself to sleep with thoughts of nature. Here it is the tiniest details that matter: from the sky gradually calling it a day to the way the animals and insects wind on down. Attention to detail matters in such considered tones for his hushed awe is palpable.
For the latter half of the piece the small details become more and more prominent. Usage of toy box melodies further emphasis the kindness of the message, as it has a reflective nostalgic coda. The happiness with which a new day can be faced feels refreshing, as does the sweetness of the togetherness that makes sleep that much happier for children. Parents love to sing to their children before bed, and Slater Rhea helps to do that with them, as the message resonates strongly in a most compassionate way.
“Good Night” reveals Slater Rhea to excel at writing sweet and satisfyingly clever love songs, with a pastoral beauty that feels timeless.