SINGLE REVIEW: Summer Time by Elvira Kalnik

Elvira Kalnik’s musical talents and disciple to be successful are responsible for opening many of the doors swinging wide for her since her first mergence on the scene, but she’s well on her way towards establishing herself as one of the pre-eminent young singers and songwriters in the EDM world. There’s an air of daring in her performance as well and one can assume this is likely connected to her opera training and past willingness to experiment with different musical styles. “Summer Time” is a single from her album Magical Child and, taken as representative of the album as a whole, the European born Elvira Kalnik seems poised to bring her music to an even wider swath of the listening public than ever before. It’s a powerful track with substance and deep commercial appeal that’s guaranteed to garner it a bevy of admirers.

It has an easy going way of carrying itself and never gets too intense for its own good. The airiness of the arrangement will, undoubtedly, encourage listeners to move and is likely to play well in some hypothetical club setting, but it’s clear from even a single listen that Kalnik is looking to craft more than your standard EDM confection. Instead, “Summer Time” is keyed by a recurring melody that’s straight to the point and lingers in the memory and the bass and drums work together to set a forceful path for the song that gives it much of its energy. Kalnik and the song never bite off more than can chew in this regard, however, and keep the tempo dialed it at the right point for the song’s sentiments. The bass playing and other instruments used to make “Summer Time” the winning track it is all come across as tuned to serve the song rather than get needlessly flashy. There are some electronically derived exclamation points of a sort incorporated into the song, but they are never distracting.

Her vocals will impress even the most jaded of listeners. Despite her youth, Kalnik has an authoritative tone and color to her voice compelling you to listen and she shows no hesitation at all with handling a pop song’s transitions or upping her voice for key points, undoubtedly a reflection of her studying opera for a time. She has the right words for the song, as well, and they are clearly written to say something of her own, yet complement the overall package with percussive writing perfect for a pop song format. Elvira Kalnik’s “Summer Time” hits more than a few marks and gives listeners a tantalizing glimpse of what musical treasures may await them with her new album Magical Child. This is a young artist who isn’t going to be pigeonholed and, without a doubt, wants to pour old wine into new bottles for an audience definitely clamoring for something different than the same old, same old. This song is the answer to those woes.


by William Elgin

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