In a world where music can often feel repetitive and commercial, Steve and Dolapo’s “Companion” stands out as a breath of fresh air, offering a soulful and sincere exploration of life’s most profound themes. This American/Nigerian singer-songwriter duo, Dolapo Oladejo, and Steve Petrinko, bring their diverse musical talents and rich cultural backgrounds together to create an album that is not just a collection of songs, but a heartfelt journey. Released on May 21, “Companion” is an album woven with friendship, faith, and the boundless beauty of life itself. Let’s delve into this ten-track masterpiece that celebrates the human spirit and the power of connection.

From the very first track, “Finding Yourself,” the album plunges into deep philosophical waters, inviting us to contemplate the intricate calculus of human existence. The song’s lyrics and melodic structure beautifully mirror the convoluted patterns of life, with harmonics and arrangements that resonate deeply. The vocal delivery is both powerful and tender, capturing the essence of the human pursuit of fulfillment and happiness. Recording this track was a pivotal moment for both artists, as Steve mentions how the process solidified their musical and personal bond.

The exploration of friendship deepens with “You Are The Person,” a track dedicated to Dolapo. Steve’s initial recordings, described as “magical” when blended with Dolapo’s, paint a picture of a bond as harmonious as their voices. Their joy is palpable, a testament to the power of true connection. Their soulful vocals tug at the heartstrings with lyrics about strengthening friendship. Standout elements in this song for me are the production and instrumentation with a joyful melody that lifts the song to new heights.

Dare To Dream” takes a turn towards optimism, urging us to push past limitations and embrace limitless possibilities. The hopeful message is conveyed through a bright melody and uplifting instrumentation, with soaring vocals that inspire us to reach for the stars. The vibrant instrumentation adds to its motivational aura.

In “Helping Each Other Be Love,” Steve and Dolapo explore the transformative power of friendship and love. This beautiful melody and heartfelt lyrics remind us of the joy that comes from giving and supporting one another. The harmonies are lush and the production is immaculate, creating a serene and comforting atmosphere.

Taking an introspective turn, “Reconciliation” is a song that tackles the complexities of conflict resolution. The lyrics delve into the importance of open communication and understanding in achieving peace. Steve and Dolapo’s delivery here is poignant, urging us to confront conflict head-on and work towards a brighter future. This song to me is impactful, it urges a deeper look into the causes of discord.

Moving on with a refreshing pace, “Light and Harmony” is a delightful reminder to replace stress with positivity through the simple act of singing with a friend. The song’s playful and light-hearted nature is conveyed through cheerful melodies and harmonious vocals. The playful “Shana-na-na-na-na-na” refrain is infectious, a reminder of the simple joys found in shared experiences, making it feel like a warm conversation between friends.

With “We Are Beautiful,” Steve and Dolapo celebrate the intrinsic beauty within everyone and the natural world around us. This song’s affirming message is delivered through vibrant instrumentation and soaring vocals. The production is rich and layered, creating a lush soundscape that enhances the song’s uplifting theme. It is a powerful anthem for self-acceptance and respect for our planet.

The title track, “Companion,” is a deeply personal song written by Steve for Dolapo. It speaks volumes about the profound impact their friendship has had on Steve’s life. The raw emotion in Steve’s vocals and the tenderness in Dolapo’s harmonies create a truly touching moment. I loved every aspect of this piece. I guess I have found a new song for me and my best friend.

“In Your Hand” is a song of adoration and submission to the Creator. It marvels at the grandeur of creation and ascribes all glory to the Most High. The profound lyrics and reverent delivery make this song a deeply spiritual and uplifting piece. Also, the production here is particularly noteworthy, with a sense of grandeur that perfectly complements the song’s message.

Concluding the album, “Superstar” is a touching tribute to Dolapo’s late father, celebrating his life and legacy. The poignant lyrics and soulful delivery convey deep emotions of love and loss. Steve’s production provides a fitting backdrop to Dolapo’s heartfelt performance. The lyrics beautifully encapsulate the enduring bond between father and son.

Steve and Dolapo’s “Companion” is a journey of self-discovery, hope, resilience, and the transformative power of friendship. The production is meticulous, with each instrument meticulously woven into the emotional tapestry. The vocals are a marvel – Steve’s heartfelt delivery and Dolapo’s captivating range create a synergy that is simply breathtaking. This album is a gift, a masterpiece that will leave you feeling uplifted, introspective, and deeply connected. The best friendship between Steve and Dolapo is very deep and can be felt throughout the album. So, if you’re looking for an album that will make you think, feel, and sing along, then “Companion” is a must-have. Steve and Dolapo are not just musicians; they are storytellers, weavers of sonic tapestries that touch the very core of our being. I am utterly delighted to have discovered this masterpiece, and I urge you to do the same. Prepare to be swept away on a journey of friendship, hope, and the sheer joy of music.

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PS: The artist was discovered on MusoSoup, and a contribution was made to publish this.