Italian producer Fabio Carrara goes by a few monikers, including Alex Bartlett and the one used in this track, Fabio XB, but one thing is for sure no matter what his name is–the man knows how to produce vocal trance. Sometimes a track just overwhelms a person with its unbelievable beauty and its pure approach to the subject of love, and I believe this is one of those tracks that will give those feelings to many listeners. Let’s take a closer look.
I first heard Close To The Stars on Gareth Emery’s newest podcast episode (#108), and was instantly blown away by its sheer beauty. The vocals, performed by Yves De Lacroix, sound like something that could be stripped down and sung at a wedding, especially with lyrics like you are the one I want for life. I’m talking tear-inducing vocals, folks. Included here are two versions of the track–the original mix and my personal favorite, the Jerome Isma-Ae remix. Jerome makes the track both more uplifting and darker at the same time. The vocals are much more affected in his version, with reverb and ethereal tenderness abounding. The drop is a bit darker however, with more of a tech trance sound. Sounds a bit odd, I know, but just take a listen and judge for yourself. I would go so far as saying that this may be one of the top five vocal trance tracks I have heard in 2010.