Master of the compact title, Solarstone’s been on a single word roll over the last few months, letting the music behind ‘Sovereign’, ‘Hope’ and ‘Vision’ do all the necessary ‘talking’.
While ‘Shards’ continues that run of succinctness, the track’s lineage dates back less months and more years. It was originally coded into ‘. . —’, Solarstone’s 2018 artist album, where it swiftly became a tracklist-favourite amongst fans. Featuring Solarstone on both its production and vocals, the singles-spotlight never quite reached ‘Shards’ though, despite its popularity.
Over the last few years, Brenden Fitzpatrick’s LostLegend alias has been picking up all the right types of buzz. The Liverpudlian producer has been rotating his own original productions with tightly curated bootlegs and some highly imaginative official remixes (for Andy Duguid, Craig Connelly and others). That ultimately brought him onto Solarstone’s radar, who saw his skillful handling of vocals as key to a 2023 revision of ‘Shards’.
That’s been fully born out as Brenden’s rhythmically thumping prog backing and strummed guitar licks create a max-impact platform for Richard’s soul-baring words and song. One for those well in touch with their emotional side, LostLegend’s remix of ‘Shards’ finally received its singles stripes.