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D.B. Ricapito – ‘I Can’t Explain It’

American pop artist D.B. Ricapito returns with the latest in his series of releases this year, as late last month he delivered his debut EP I Can’t Explain It.

Hailing from Virginia, 22 year old singer-songwriter D.B. Ricapito has been placing his mark on the music scene since the release of his debut single California King back in 2018. Falling in love with music from an early age, he began his musical journey at the age of 12 by honing his artistic skills and becoming a self-taught guitarist. Delivering a pop infused blend of modern artistry; his vibrant soundscapes, filled with glimmering melodies and infectious pop beats, hook you in from the very beginning. And now, he has returned with his stunning highly anticipated debut 7-track EP I Can’t Explain It.

Beginning the record is the captivating and vibrant pre-released indie track Touch. With a minimalist and stripped back instrumental, the emotive soundscape is filled with a soft guitar melody, alongside a gently rhythmic percussive beat. As the track progresses, it builds to a create dynamic and enchanting sonic landscape that features glimmering melodies and passionate instrumentals. The perfect introduction to the EP, this is a flawless example of Ricapito’s artistic skills and talent – his impassioned vocals and captivating lyricism. 

Following on from Touch is the EP’s lead single Good Things Don’t Last, featuring the talented songstress Erin Kirby. With a more synth-pop energy, the track hooks you in with a stunning instrumental intro. This is quickly accompanied by Ricapito’s soft vocals, paired against honeyed harmonies from Erin. Creating a mellow and synth-led sonic landscape, the rhythmic composition delivers a chilled, lo-fi, ambient vibe, with an R&B drum beat running throughout. And with a truly enchanting feature from Erin, the pair’s vocals blend together so effortless and harmoniously. 

As we make our way through the EP, we have three more previous releases – Lonely, Picture and So Crazy, that perfectly round out the body of work. Highlighting different elements of Ricapito’s sonic style; Picture is a vibrant, modern electro-pop ballad, that draws you in with its emotive and magnetic aura. Comparatively, Lonely is another mellow, low-tempo release that draws upon gentle guitar elements, and almost infuses a subtle R&B tempo within the melodic pop-led composition. However, he switches things up on So Crazy; a more upbeat and fun-filled track, that has a poignant undertone of a relatable, romantic twist that we all go through at some point in our lives.

Another new track featuring on the EP to add to Ricapito’s discography is the slow-tempo ballad, intro’d by a beautiful synth line – Leave You. Placing a real focus on his vocals, this is the centre point of the track, as he switches between stunning falsetto tones in the chorus line – which aims to warn a potential relationship of his wrongdoings. And ending the record with another new song, he plays out the EP with You. A demo version that just features Ricapito and his acoustic guitar; the home-grown and live nature of the audio adds a new layer and energy to the record. And as the EP comes to a close, the final few seconds play out with some soft vocals from Ricapito and live background audio, that gives injects a raw, unfiltered element to the project. 

Talking about the EP, and the inspiration behind the record; Ricapito explains:

“I’ve never been more excited for a new chapter to start. Working on this EP started last year and with everything that has been happening in the world we were unsure it would ever see the light of day.”

Already garnering close to 1 million streams on Spotify alone; he has rapidly gained the attention of listeners and publications alike. And with an ever growing discography that enthrals and delights, he is certain to continue his artistic rise next year! To keep up with his journey, and all his latest releases; make sure to follow Ricapito on all his socials @dbricapito

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