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  • Bryon Harris

Freddie Bourne – 'I Hope You Don’t Forgive Me'

After fronting bands in high-school and studying broadcasting in college, Freddie Bourne's solo music career took off. A native of New Jersey, he found early success opening for One Tree Hill’s Tyler Hilton, Dion Roy, and Mike Schavio. In 2013, he released the well-received album “Only Human” blending pop-rock, trip-hop, and acoustic stylings. In 2014, he performed at the Special Olympic Games, found success on YouTube, and started collaborating with other successful artists. But it wasn’t until the passing of his mother that Bourne decided to move forward with the music and message he wanted to make. He signed with The Latest Noise Records and released “I Wrote These Songs with Heavy Vibes and a Piano.” After the release, Bourne had a top 40 hit in the Netherlands, three more EPs, and a cross country tour. His new EP The Troubled Boy at the Bonfire Disco is deep-house pop with a tribute to late 90's and early 00's pop music, which Bourne dubs as "conscious house-pop" as the music is danceable while the lyrics are relatable. Off the album, a great way to get to know Bourne's talent is to listen to "I Hope You Don't Forgive Me."

“I Hope You Don’t Forgive” is a blend of acoustic singer/songwriter and EDM production that makes for a radio-ready hit that’s easy to love. Opening the first verse, a finger-picked melody on guitar is panned left accompanied by ethereal effects and production on the right. The musical landscape has a melancholy and soulful sound.

Freddie’s bright saturated vocals take the spotlight as he tells his love story of broken hearts, pouring that tender emotion into every phrase.

“You were giving me the Earth When I treat you like the dirt But you kept smiling And I don’t know why Time was going by Couldn’t own my mistakes”

The song is reflective and redemptive. At it's core, redemption is central. In saying that you hope you are not forgiven (a twist on the classic 'please forgive me') Freddie is acknowledging, in hindsight, the weight of treating someone poorly and the pain it caused.

With just a pulsing kick drum in percussion, production gradually builds as Freddie passionately repeats the catchy hook of the song, “I hope you don’t forgive me.” Not before long before he repeats the hook, the production shifts into a flow blown EDM track with intricate production that immediately pumps high-energy into the record.

"I Hope You Don't Forgive Me" from Freddie’s most recent EP, Troubled Boy At The Bonfire Disco, is a very well-written and performed song. From beginning to end, the contrast of delicate acoustic elements and energizing, danceable electronic material is captivating. The fantastic arrangement combined with Freddie's expressive vocals and honest lyrics make "I Hope You Don't Forgive Me" an unforgettable song that keeps your ears locked in and wanting more.

Listen on Spotify.

For more information on Freddie Bourne, please visit his website.

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