Track Review

Track Review: Sliding Doors // Longsman

Already well-known to the Nexus Music Blog team, Longsman has featured on our virtual pages several times over the past year. From ‘Standing On My Own’ (read our review) to ‘Such Beautiful People’ (read our review), Longsman has captivated and enchanted us…or at least me. The brainchild of UK-based multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Adam White, Longsman has a reputation for enthusiastic and unique music. Featured on The Other Side Reviews and Less Than 1000 Followers, to name a few, White is reaching a diverse audience across the globe. The latest addition to his well-received repertoire is the single ‘Sliding Doors’.

Influenced by various Britpop and Motown artists, with a strong nod to Jack White of The White Stripes, Longsman is certainly dealing with a melting pot of sounds. Following his single ‘Like An Ocean’, ‘Sliding Doors’ has a stronger post-punk meets indie-rock feel to it. Combining dynamic guitars with pounding drums, one would imagine a typical rock style; however, Longsman often surpasses the “typical” with his music. Written in minor chords, ‘Sliding Doors’ has a sense of otherworldly and melancholic haunting about it. Yet, as Longsman shares, the song aims to “…give a sense of emotion but also mystery around life and the people we meet or situations we find ourselves in.”

Traversing different genres certainly showcases Longsman’s versatility as an artist, but his enigmatic obscurity and depth are detailed in his lyrics. I’m not saying the melodies are filled with depth, but the lyricism has a poignancy that can captivate you. A direct reaction to the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, ‘Sliding Doors’ is a nostalgic, reflective and insightful song. As with many people, this uncertain period has (and still is) triggering complex emotions; however, the best way to deal with the evocative complexities is to express oneself, like in a song. ‘Sliding Doors’ is Longsman’s sincere and sentimental expression that I just adore. I can’t wait for more from this talented musician.

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