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Michael Dias’s Musical World: ‘Show Me What’s Real’ Is A Fusion of Melodic Stories

Have you ever been entranced by the effortless fusion of blues, jazz, pop, classical, rock, and folk melodies, intricately interlaced into a melodic mosaic? Embarking on a solo musical voyage, Dias has graced his listeners with standalone gems such as “The Fruit,” “I Will Let You Go,” “Chai Song,” and “Time Machine,” laying the foundation for his inaugural album, “Show Me What’s Real.” 

By Madhulika Gupta | BeatCurry Team

Michael Dias, the seasoned vocalist hailing from Kochi, has masterfully curated such a captivating soundscape, drawing admiration from the onset of his musical journey and etching an enduring legacy with his involvement in the renowned rock ensemble, Mad Orange Fireworks.

In crafting his debut album, “Show Me What’s Real,” Michael Dias takes the reins of production, steering a musical journey that harmoniously blends retro nostalgia with nuanced touches of jazz, rock, blues, and funk. The title track, “Show Me What’s Real,” invites listeners into a vibrant realm with its lively tempo, creating an infectious energy that is bound to captivate contemporary audiences. Its upbeat rhythm, coupled with Dias’s adept vocals, sets the stage for a pop anthem that resonates with the dynamic preferences of today’s music enthusiasts.

Listen to Show Me What’s Real by Michael Dias on Spotify


“Why Suzie Why,” with its softer tones, sustains the album’s allure. Its catchy hooks and relatable lyrics offer a refreshing contrast, proving that Dias is attuned to the diverse palette of modern musical tastes. As a pre-released track, “Time Machine” plays a pivotal role in creating familiarity and anticipation. Its acoustic charm and soothing harmony not only make it a standout piece but also position it as a potential favourite among listeners who appreciate a feel-good vibe.

The collaborative effort on “The Fruit,” featuring Shakthisree Gopalan, adds a layer of vocal diversity that enhances the album’s appeal. While this appeal continues to charm the listeners with the next song for the album. “I Will Let You Go” delves into the melancholic spectrum, where the soft melody becomes a vessel for poignant lyrics. 

“Flicked A Switch” introduces refreshing elements with captivating strings and skillful guitar work, fostering a memorable experience. Its intricate musical arrangement, coupled with Dias’s emotive delivery, positions the track as a unique and engaging addition to the album. The signature “Chai Song” stands out as soulful, sewing nostalgic retro vibes with a contemporary twist. This track, with its fusion of the retro and modern elements, is poised to resonate with a broad audience, transcending generational boundaries.

As the album unfolds, “Once I Find You” maintains a rhythmic cadence and dreamy vocals, creating a pop spectacle that leaves a lasting impression. Its catchy nature and infectious rhythm make it a potential chart-topper, catering to the preferences of contemporary music enthusiasts. “I Can’t Go On” introduces an acoustic mood, embracing a gentle harmony that provides a soothing rhythm. This track, with its delicate composition and emotive qualities, is likely to find favor among listeners seeking a more serene yet impactful musical experience.

Finally, the pre-released gem “Black Hole” serves as the emotional core of the album. With Dias’s harmonious vocals and the gentle bass lines, the song weaves a heartfelt narrative, creating a musical sanctuary that invites listeners to explore the profound connection between lyrics and melody.

In the creation of this fusion art, Dias collaborated with a talented ensemble of musicians. Toby Joseph, who recorded, mixed, and mastered the album, played a pivotal role in sculpting its captivating soundscape. His co-production efforts deserve applause for contributing to the album’s sonic excellence.Further enriching the musical experience are David Joseph on drums, Carl Fernandez on bass, and Alok Merwin on keys. Together, these artists breathe life into Dias’s vision, making “Show Me What’s Real” a collective triumph.

Listen to Show Me What’s Real by Michael Dias on Spotify


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