Aaron Barone (also known as Two-5ive) is an emerging Buffalo-based producer, songwriter, and music artist on a lifelong mission to entertain, uplift, and energize his listeners through the infinite power of club music. Currently, both writing and licensing various songs, on November 13th 2017, Aaron released his single entitled “Ballo”. On this new track, Barone aims for every pop and dance demographic by delivering a sensual, inviting and all-embracing dance groove, wrapped up in an uplifting melody. He is superb in executing a tender yet powerful vocal which smoothly rides the beat, awash with electronic and acoustic elements. This ensures that the track is both cutting-edge modern and warmly nostalgic.
This clearly sounds like what Aaron Barone does best, among the varied styles and genres he crosses over into from track to track, and it perfectly carries his artistic weight here. Tucked under the hood, the track has a subtle Latin flavor running through its backbone, which is probably due the acoustic guitar and hand-clapping motif accompanying the rhythm.
Listening through Barone’s catalog of songs, you realize that his style is widening, some upbeat and some slow with that wonderful quality in the vocals that gets in your head and you can’t stop singing along.
“Ballo” was rigorously constructed and produced to one end: putting the song itself under the spotlight. The music stands front and center, left and right, whether supported by the enthusiastic chorus or backing vocals and punctuating ad libs.
This ornately set stage would have been fruitless without a skilled performer who has the pipes to fill the spaces in between. And in an age of mumble-mouth and indie pop voices, Barone’s clear, unapologetic tenor is a blessing. It’s not all that surprising when you consider that the artist began his musical journey at the age of eleven.
Aaron Barone’s songs have creative charisma and vocal charm in spades. And his crystalline compositions keep you looped in and listening. Again, pound for pound, “Ballo” is one of the best songs in Barone’s collection – stronger in production and composition, and just effortlessly cool throughout.
The song feels fussed over in the best way; every little production flourish and progression is in its right place, with almost no fat to be found. It’s the type of sense-seducing songwriting that’s quickly becoming a lost art.
In an era where moody music with sour lyrics and dour production rule the charts, the game is in dire need of some levity. And that’s exactly where a songwriter like Aaron Barone aka Two-5ive comes in!