Pop artist Blakeley’s single, “Caffeine & Nicotine” is exactly what the doctor ordered. What a great way to grab people’s attention by using the two things humans can’t seem to live without. She’s banking on the addiction to both to cross over to her track, a desperate necessity to have them and a feeling of sickness when we don’t. Blakeley’s bouncy variant of “electronic rockabilly” belies her grittier thematic elements. The gutsy approach will quickly be recognized because it’s a path not many dare risk to venture to. With tongue in cheek, the single “Caffeine & Nicotine” calls to mind the bubblegum pop and surf rock of the early aughts as Blakeley extolls the virtues of those staples of alternative culture, coffee and cigarettes. We aren’t necessarily condoning it, but we’re recognizing that, although not quite as influential as before, they both still have no plans of fading.
Quintessentially, in her subject matter and subversiveness, Blakeley’s latest single is sure to please anyone looking for something with teeth that isn’t oppressive or over the top. It’s not as significant or apparent but we sense an EDM influence in the track as well. As it’s to say that the influence of caffeine & nicotine still runs today and she’s bringing awareness to it. Not all addictions are created equal because we like to say that an addiction to music is actually more of a blessing. Don’t be afraid to listen to “Caffeine & Nicotine” over and over again.