Some ballads have the ability to instantly draw you into the honest edge to the soundscape, but they’re few and far between; especially when you hit play on a track from a brand-new artist – why should we care what strangers have to say? But every now and again, you stumble across a sound so harmoniously and ethereally compelling you’re reminded of what a truly powerful track is. Which is exactly what happened when we checked out Sunny Birla’s latest single “These Words”.
While 80s ballads still retain a visceral pull, nothing quite compares to a soundscape which alludes to emotions which are so raw and fresh. Instead of using the usual orchestral and piano-led arrangement, Sunny Birla used a more acoustic Pop instrumental soundscape to set the perfect tonality giving These Words a Folk-style narrative feel.
You can check out Sunny Birla’s latest single These Words for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.
Even the track title to Amy Corey’s latest single “Look at What You Did to Me” is candid, raw, and soul exposing. The soundscape which ensues when you hit play is just as strikingly arrestive and will leave you with a profound sense of adoration for Amy Corey’s unapologetic openness.
I can only imagine the pure catharsis which the up and coming Alt Pop artist felt as she curated this empowering resonant ballad. With the single, the momentum steadily and seamlessly builds under the repetition of “look at what you did to me” amplifying the sentiment behind the track. It’s all too rare that someone actually faces the consequences of their actions, so the evocative command was beyond compelling.
You can check out Amy Corey’s emotively bruising, sonorously powerful single Look at What You Did to Me for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.
If it’s been a while since you’ve been mesmerised by a Funk-driven Pop Ballad Robbie Maroon’s latest single “Stepping Stone” is a stunning aural injection of resonance. If you’re expecting your archetypal melancholic Pop vocals, prepare to be disappointed as Robbie Maroon’s vocals carry the same strength as your favourite Rock vocalists. The instrumental arrangement is also prodigally inspired, instead of letting synth or guitars to lead the arrangement, the drums carve out the rhythm in the track in a way in which I’m sure Phil Collins would approve.
Stepping Stone is just one of the tracks off the Australian singer-songwriter’s latest album “Dream Factory Vol 2, where you can find a diverse collection of emotively euphoric single written, performed and produced by Robbie Maroon.
You can check out Robbie Maroon’s latest single Stepping Stone which was released on January 21st for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.
“Legends” is the first single to be released by the up and coming experimentally prodigal artist Annabel Gutherz. Even after the prelude to Legends had seamlessly brought in the first verse, I still had no idea what kind of aural alchemy was unfolding before me. It certainly isn’t a sound which you could neatly squeeze into a genre and it’s safe to say you won’t have heard many tracks with the same overwhelming levels of harmony around the unique mix of orchestral instruments and Pop Ballad vocals. When you’re safely in the chorus, you’re able to fully connect with the ethereally inspired single. Whilst the sentiment was admirable and composed for an uplifting effect, yet I couldn’t help but feel the lyrical choices were a little obvious.
You can check out Annabel Gutherz’s single Legends for yourself by heading over to Spotify now.
The range in Nicole Raviv’s vocals was the first thing which hit me about her single Fantasy. Her unwavering vocal strength swept through the entire progression of the tear-jerking single. But nothing could prepare me for the orchestral direction that the track went in. With a voice that can overpower a classical string section and cataclysmically sweet crashing of cymbals you can be sure that Nicole Raviv is an artist with a vocal prowess which could rival the current competitors for the top spots in the Pop charts.
No review of Fantasy would be complete without a notable mention of the lyrics; the verses packed in enough punchlines to leave you feeling a little bruised. It would seem that when it comes to writing and bringing to life a resonantly compelling ballad there are very few who could compete with Nicole Raviv.
You can head over to SoundCloud and check out Nicole Raviv’s romantically crushing Pop ballad for yourselves. The single was released as part of her 2017 EP ‘Girlboss’ here’s to hoping the New York based recording artist gets back into the recording studio soon enough.
After we were treated to Norwood’s unforgettable single Nightlife in June 2018, we knew it wouldn’t be long before he was back on our radar with another fabulous aural offering.
The Atlanta, US based EDM Pop performer’s latest single I Ain’t Got You is driven by pure, unadulterated emotion which may be more reflective and pensive than his earlier work, yet Norwood has proven the diversity in his style with this prodigally fresh Dance Pop ballad. Whilst the lyrics and vocals to I Ain’t Got You may have all the key ingredients to a Pop ballad, the beat is still firmly rooted within the EDM Arena. The harsh kicks and snares from the drum machine set the perfect rhythm to the multi-layered mid-tempo beat to create a euphorically amplified anthem.
You can check out Norwood’s music for yourselves by heading over to his website or follow him on Facebook as he finishes off the final legs of his Pride tour; the charismatically blessed performer has been working his way around Europe on a tour for equality as a EuroPride performer – I’m pretty sure this is just the beginning for Norwood.
Between the classic, and indeed classical voice, and the plaintive and minimal piano lines, Slovenian polymath, Alya Elouissi weaves a ballad about identity, dedication and of self-belief. In these days of mass celebrity and a copycat artistic ethic, she uses these traditional musical materials to remind us of a universal truth. Be The One, sometimes it really is all about you, follow your dreams. They may sound like clichés in these cynical times but maybe it is something that the world needs reminding of.
And for the minimalism of the musical building blocks, The One is a powerful piece, it is polished, understated yet powerful in all the right places, it tugs heartstrings without playing the schmaltzy card, it is the sound of what happens when you take the idea of writing a sophisticated yet commercially viable pop ballad and give it to someone who really knows how music works.