St. Lucia – A Caribbean daydream
As an active music blogger I’m always overwhelmed with acts such as St. Lucia as due to the little information available they feel so wonderfully unspoiled and maiden. In fact the man behind the project, Jean-Philip Grobler, is already producing music since his 11th year of age. Grobler, originally from Johannesburg Africa, found his musical origin in being part of a boys choir. Already back then he travelled and toured around the world to do what he always prioritized – music! After a travel through various music genres Grobler claimed he found the “direct emotionality” of pop. He left South Africa to study music in Liverpool and finally moving to New York City where St. Lucia was born.
His first EP “St. Lucia” took almost two years to be finalized the result is a pleasant mix of electronic and non-electronic instruments. The EP is very atmospheric it seems like there are indeed influences from parts of the world a hectic and busy Central European like me wouldn’t understand. However there are influences that are clearly recognizable, while Grobler admits the eighties strongly affecting his music many critics feel more contemporary influences from bands such as Empire of the Sun or the Temper Trap. The first album of St. Lucia will follow later this year produced by Neon Gold, a label that also features acts like Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding and The Naked & Famous.
The Insider: It took me a week to fully understand the direction St. Lucia is going. While I consider “We got it wrong” a solid dance track I started to like the more melodic-pop songs such as “All eyes on you” equally…
…and since this wasn’t really an insider but more a personal statement, the name St. Lucia is actually derived from the eponymous island in the Caribbean Islands – there you go!