Like all the best music, it is hard to pigeonhole Pull Me Closer in terms of genre and style. It may be easy to identify certain core musical building blocks, soul, ambient piano, R&B sophistication, emotive world vibes, pop balladry, but they are so deftly wound through each other, so well spliced that the result is a natural, new and unique style. Tania Ilyashova is an expert at taking existing sounds and bending them to her musical will and the result is just gorgeous.
As a calling card for her recent e.p. Travelling Light, this track is like a beacon to guide discerning music fans through the dangerously hard to navigate waters that modern pop and R&B has become, a reassurance that there is a rewarding and safe place to head for. Here they will find music which has an understanding of the musical roots of such genres, which is blended seamlessly in a new and sublime fashion and then serves these musical traditions and creative threads for a whole new audience. Ambient yet groovesome at the same time, and in Tania’s hands it feels effortless.