Jean-Philip Grobler, aka St Lucia, began his musical career singing in the Drakensberg Boys Choir. The choir toured the globe, and his debut album, When The Night, bears the trace of this musical wanderlust.
Against a backdrop of 80s synth-pop, he channels all of his influences into a sound that feels altogether tropical – putting one in mind of late nights spent on Caribbean sands.
Album opener, ‘The Night Comes Again’, is built up of ethereal, reverb-soaked vocals and pulsing synths. ‘The Way You Remember Me’ then digs into more 80s and 90s sounds, blending Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ and The Cure’s ‘Friday, I’m In Love’ before exploding into a soaring saxophone solo.
Elsewhere, he takes on more cheesy textures to mixed effect. The euphoric ‘Elevate’ sounds like incidental music for Made In Chelsea, in a good way, while the airy guitar-sounding synth of ‘All Eyes On You’ is reminiscent of All Saints’ ‘Pure Shores’, in a very, very bad way.