Léonie Gray (ft. Matthew J. Bongiorno) - 'Who Will Stop the Nuclear Clock?'
Music Review by Victoria Scott & Staff
'Who Will Stop the Nuclear Clock?' by Léonie Gray (ft. Matthew J. Bongiorno) is featured on BWH Music Group’s new release, ‘On Peace Street, Vol. One.’ The compilation album is a collection of 19 original songs in various genres by today's best independent artists and songwriters. Sharing songs about peace and social justice, the artist's songs will ultimately remind you of the importance of peace, fairness, love and unity. Filled with meaningful lyrics and exceptional music, this playlist is an example of how music can influence, and even change, people, movements, and society.
“Who Will Stop the Nuclear Clock?” addresses the frightening possibility of humanity's extinction by nuclear war. The song's mesmerizing arrangement draws you in utilizing synthesizer effects, keys, synth bass, and bells. Well-crafted and catchy melodic layers meld together with the beat track. The hypnotic pull is created by the pristine harmonies during the song's chorus. Like all great protest songs, the catchy chorus, both lyrics and melodies, get stuck in your head.
Léonie Gray's performance is simply spectacular; she delivers the song fiercely. Her vocals are layered, creating a sense urgency. During the break of the song, there is a narration that speaks of a nuclear disaster. Matthew J. Bongiornos is articulate and clear. The production by Bruno B. Valleunga is genius as he layers the vocals on top of each other creating an ominous echo, and his use of narration perfectly emphasizes the song's message. The emotional integrity of the song is powerful.
The question asked is “Who will stop the nuclear clock, who’ll take a stand on a nuclear ban?” Valleunga was inspired by a show hosted by Herbert Armstrong and the threat that President Trump made to launch a bomb on North Korea. We as a human race are facing a nuclear war... at any moment. The narration in the break is very crystal clear:
“Nothing less is a recipe for disaster. No one wants war! Everyone wants peace. But time is running out!”
In World War II, the bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a crucial moment in history and the nuclear clock is still ticking. The writers, Bruno, Brian and Amanda Vallelunga are genius with their lyrics and music.
Their message, combined with a catchy beat and pristine harmonies, forge an important and powerful question we need to urgently answer: “Who Will Stop the Nuclear Clock?” While delivering exceptional music, this important song is a monumental addition to today's social justice catalog.
About Léonie Gray
Léonie Gray is an up-and-coming RnB/Soul Singer-Songwriter/Producer from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Gray grew up in a very artistic and creative atmosphere. Today, she uses her songwriting to convey her emotions and discuss themes such as self-growth, mental health, relationships and feminism. Léonie has released four self-penned and produced EPs: ‘Eliana’s Poison,’ ‘A Night at Honey's,’ ‘Growth,’ and ‘Sensitive.'
In 2018, Gray was featured on two songs written and produced by Bruno B. Vallelunga: “Who Will Stop the Nuclear Clock” and “Holiday Blues.” In 2019, the song “Holiday Blues” got Gray the 2019 Silver Medal Award by the Global Music Awards. She has also played at the world-famous Festival International de Jazz de Montreal.
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