Today we’re pleased to bring you the exclusive premiere, as well as the debut video from Denver CO based acoustic rock collective, Splitstep. “The Shoulder,” featuring vocals from Ashlei Brianne, is one of the first released singles from the band’s debut album, Kaleidoscope.
At its core, Splitstep is guitarist/singer/songwriter Matt Golub and drummer Daniel Carrillo. Together, they are creating a musical collective by inviting a rotating cast of musicians and vocalists to join them in the crafting of their original music.
For “The Shoulder” singer Ashlei Brianne joins Golub as the twosome seem to effortlessly blend their vocals in this vulnerable and honest song. Also lending their musical chops to the song is Andy Sydow on piano, Kevin MacKinnon on bass and of course Daniel Carrillo on drums.
The song is a soft and mellow number, with angelic vocals that tells the story about building trust in a new relationship. Singer and songwriter Matt Golub comments about the track by saying:
When people hear this song, I want them to understand the “me too” movement from two different perspectives. Understandably, it is difficult for any women who have experienced trauma with men in the past to open up and be comfortable with a new man in her life. At the same time, however, there are good men living in this new progressive world that are struggling to gain trust in a new, budding relationship. I certainly have had times where I see so much potential in a new relationship, only to have it plagued by the woman’s past experiences with men. I wrote this song to give a voice to the people who struggle and try so hard to gain trust from someone that they care about. I hope this song and it’s music video illustrates a story that every modern, single person can relate to.
When he is not writing and recording, Matt is a medical student at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO. Daniel (aka BeatmasterD) is a well-known drummer in the Denver music scene who lends his talents to a variety of music projects. Splitstep is definitely a unique project, one of which we will definitely want to keep our eyes on.
“The Shoulder” is now available a major streaming platforms via the following link.