A year after the release of his first song, “Change,” Chris B., also known as Villeman, is still keeping a low profile.
But it has nothing to do with the caliber of his music in any way, shape, or form. The fantastic radio songs of the 1990s that we all hold dearest in our memories have impacted the blend of pop, folk, and grunge.
The use of auto-tune and synthpop is about as far removed from his organic songwriting as the ocean is from Bern’s historic district. The most profound tunes don’t need to change or adapt in any way.
Villeman is able to convince with the musical arrangement thanks to a healthy dose of musical power provided by musicians such as Dustin Persson (Lucky Wüthrich) on drums, members of the bands “The Souls”, Rease on Bass, Rally on Keys, Luk Kipfer production & guitars, and the backing vocals of the duo “Another Me.” Other musicians who contribute include Rease on Bass, Rally on Keys, and Luk Kipfer production &
Villeman reveals his more sensitive side again with his fourth and final song for the year, which was released earlier this month.
The question of “What have you already accomplished as a person at the age of 30 and what is yet to come?” is posed throughout “Thirty Years,” which is kidnapped into gentle dreamlike regions and is backed by guitar and synthesizers.
This song is both reflective and forgiving, making it an ideal choice for this time of year. It transports us to the vibrant fall foliage of the year 2022.