Blue Skies is the first track on Love & Colour, and it provides listeners with groundwork for how the title will ultimately play out. Derek Stroker creates in Blue Skies a track that speaks directly to listeners; the unity between guitar and vocals pushes each to greater heights. The different genres that are broached during this introductory track (rock, soul, and even a little funk) unite to create a wholly unique sound for Stroker. This approach is continued through the disc’s second track, Slow Motion. While the tack taken during this effort is substantially different from the first cut, Stroker is able to gather momentum and sail in nicely to the clean-up track Why We Fall In Love.
Why We Fall In Love is a track that is destined for radio rotation. The harmonies work with a chorus that will tattoo itself deep into the psyche of listeners. This track will provide listeners with the energy that they need to finish up the title. Last Dance comes from different grounds than other fare on Love & Colour, and I believe that is why the track resounds so well in its slot. This mélange of R&B, soul, and pop demarcates the final third of the title and speaks easily to anyone that has ever lost love.
Make sure to cop a version of Love & Colour; Stroker’s own store offers an autographed copy of the disc and a digital download for $10. Bookmark Stroker’s site to be updated about any live dates that may be happening this summer and beyond. I would like to hear how Stroker’s music expands and evolves in the years to come.
Top Tracks: Why We Fall In Love, Make Up Your Mind
Derek Stroker – Love & Colour (CD) / 2012 Self / 11 Tracks / http://www.derekstroker.com