Stolar is an artist whose words speak volumes to his listeners. I’ve never heard of Stolar before, and I read a complete press release and saw his genre was R&B, however his story had me hooked. R&B isn’t exactly my first choice for music, however reading about Stolar’s background and reasoning for writing music and pushing forward as an artist, ,as well as the way the album Raw Emotions is set to be released also has me intrigued.
He quotes: “New music every month. No album. No set releases. Just songs as quickly as I feel it. As quickly as I write it. The way music is suppose to be.”
Currently, he has two singles available from the Raw Emotions Project: first “Raw Emotions” and second “Kurt Cobain T-Shirt.” If you head to his Facebook page however, you’ll find that he has continuous releases dating back almost a year, so there is already a full catalogue of awesome tunes to check out. The first single “Raw Emotions” speaks about his desires with love and lust, whereas “Kurt Cobain T-Shirt,” he says “It’s about wanting someone so much that you can’t help but tell them. It’s that moment when you realize that what you are feeling is not some bullshit emotion. It’s real and you have to do something about it.”
I was compelled to hear this instead of passing along the review to someone else here at the magazine. I’ve never reviewed an R&B album, so does this disqualify me from writing this? I hope not given my emotional attachment to mental health awareness.
Stolar openly admits that he battles with ADD, depression, and bipolar disorder. This alone sets him apart from others who hide their struggles and may not have the courage to speak out about their demons. However, through his music he can set the tone for future artists and even listeners to seek help. This whole album has an amazing upbeat draw with ever flowing smooth rhythm and blues vocals. Stolar worked exclusively with the DJ/Producer duo Take A Daytrip on this project, and together created what will become a showpiece for mental health awareness in the genre.
If you listen to Stolar’s lyrics throughout Raw Emotions, there is a continuous trend in them, a trend that you can feel, and that’s the title. It isn’t only Raw Emotions that you hear, but pain, struggle, heartache, and a purpose. I have friends and very close family members that battle with daily struggles such as the ones that Stolar speaks about in his music, and it is a very tough subject. The only thing there is to do as a shoulder, is to be there. With the first two tracks, “Paralyzed” and “Feel Good,” he shows exactly what a person battling depression is feeling and puts into words what they don’t want to share.
I’ve seen many people slip down the rabbit hole. A lot of these people were depressed, and felt that there was no one listening and took life into their own hands. This project gives me hope that even people struggling can see that there is good out there for them still. What Stolar’s message says is that when you lay it all out on the table, there is hope.