Have you ever found a song that just… fits your mood? Like, a song that knows what you’re thinking right when you hear it? Now, have you ever found an instrumental to do that? Because I can confidently say that I have, in “Hotel Melody” by Loucas Bretz.
I’m just going to say it: Loucas Bretz has “it”. He’s a phenomenal guitarist that knows how to move you just with his music. I heard this song while relaxing with some incense on, and it felt like it just spoke to me on a deeper level. Part of it is the nostalgic feeling Loucas carries, as this song’s sound feels inspired by Arctic Monkeys, which gives him even more brownie points in my book.
This is a purely instrumental song, and instrumental songs are hard to pull off. Loucas does it brilliantly, by having different sounds mix together so well. The beginning of the song starts with a light guitar, something that’s relaxed and lowkey, kind of like you’re in a lounge. I love the feel of it because in hindsight, it feels like the calm before the storm.
Midway through the song, you hear a piano come in that gives you a bit more of that relaxation, but there’s an air of darkness to it. It feels like he’s telling a story through the instruments, and that piano signifies the darkest part of one’s life. The part of life when things are the roughest they’ve ever been. By the end, though?
Nearing the end of the song, we hear some great guitar playing, and then we hear an epic solo. This solo sounds so triumphant! It feels like someone getting out of the darkness and prevailing, and it truly is the storm, a glorious one.
The hardest thing in the world is to create a story with only instruments. Loucas Bretz did it, and did it wonderfully. Now, this is just my personal interpretation, and yours may be different, but just make sure you listen to “Hotel Melody” by Loucas Bretz and check out his music!
Written by Marcus Norris
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