After attracting a lot of attention with her last single Betrayal, which was also a semi-finalist in a prestigious international songwriting competition, Bianca Modesti has just released her new track Race Against Time. This rousing, pop-rock song begins with a breakdown chorus but soon kicks off into a fully blown paean to self-empowerment. Continuing with a series of dynamics that increase in intensity and urgency, the stomping feel leads into a big, dramatic chorus, replete with a cathartic explosion of Bianca’s voice. The driving force here is the vocal, despite the inherent power and persuasive, introspective nature of the theme. Utilising the full range of her musical prowess, Bianca sounds as naturally gifted within the confines of the lower registers of her voice as she does with the higher end of the scale. It is this sweep from the bottom to the top that will have the listener enthralled. The energy of the vocal is reflected in the ambitious nature of the sentiment exposed. The instrumentation and production accurately mirror the vocal performance by providing all the peaks and drops—a snippet of a vocal effect here, a runaway guitar solo there, snapshots of surprise silences throughout—all the while maintaining the bedrock of drums and bass, thick chunks of guitar and the floating twinkling piano. The arrangement consists of the integrated parts steadily building into the centrepiece melodic hook, the chorus—no surprises here—but it’s doing what a pop-rock tune should do and doing it with exuberance while augmenting Bianca’s fiery spirit. It’s a track that takes some of its cues from an assortment of predecessors in the pop-rock hall of fame: Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Christina Aguilera, to name a few. However, no matter what references one makes about the musical packaging, the point of difference here is Bianca’s voice and her individual take on the themes explored. It’s a personal reflection and by default that intones a certain level of authenticity, and that’s all through Race Against Time.