Born in Oahu, Hawaii, Siaosi grew up with influences both in R&B (such as Babyface, Jodeci and New Edition), as well as heavy reggae influences with the likes of Gregory Isaacs, Beres Hammond and the ‘King of Lover’s Rock’, Maxi Priest.
Siaosi’s recently released EP, titled 5:55, has many things going for it. The album’s production stands out among its many assets; it’s crisp and clean when it needs to be, with every little blast from the horn section or notes played on the keys being audible without overwhelming the rest of the track.
“Each song on 5:55 is a chapter of my story that represents a transitional point in my life.”
Siaosi’s songs are powerfully built in melody and layered in instrumentation. A great example of this is in the opening track “Chapter 1: ‘It’s Not Easy'”, where Siaosi puts his best foot forward. Sitting somewhere in between early 1970s Mackey Feary Band and the aforementioned Isaacs, the song is powerful, driven by Siaosi’s extremely catchy melodies, delivered with so much confidence that it’s impossible not to agree with every single line spoken.
Siaosi comments on the EP: “Each song on 5:55 is a chapter of my story that represents a transitional point in my life. Every chapter is a collection of emotions felt and experienced during my journey.”
5:55 is a worthy addition to the recent string of releases this Spring and puts Siaosi back on the map, not only as an able player, but further as an ingenious artist.
Purchase or stream ‘5:55’ EP:
- Chapter 1: “It’s Not Easy”
- Chapter 2: “I Wanna Love You”
- Chapter 3: “Happy”
- Chapter 4: “Midnight Snack”
- Chapter 5: “Perfect Melody”
Siaosi “I Wanna Love Ya, ft. Jemere Morgan” music video:
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