Reverent and endearing lyricism meets moving pop might in “Baby Girl,” Kamryn Marie’s all new single out this February 13th everywhere that indie music is available. Built on the foundation of a lustrous bassline that creeps out of the shadows and smothers us with vibrant tonality, “Baby Girl” isn’t your average pop song, nor is it delivered by your average pop singer. Marie holds nothing back from us in this single, pouring her heart and soul into the words and music with a reckless abandon that is affectionate and contagious. I had the pleasure of giving this song a spin ahead of its release and was more than impressed with the caliber of content that I found.
Every instrumental element of “Baby Girl” is extremely well-defined, to the point where we’re completely able to breakdown the origins of each strand of melody without feeling lost in the mashup of musical tones. Marie’s lyrics aren’t suffocated by the piano nor the pulsating percussion that pushes it along, but instead framed by the arrangement using classical means. The relationship between this material and the established order of pop music ends here though, as the track blossoms into an all-out exercise in surreal audiological eclecticism as we press forward in the song.
There’s a lot of texture in Marie’s vocal, and by that I mean that we’re able to feel the emotion within her heart engrained in each and every verse that she sings. There’s no debate as to whether or not this song was born of her own life experiences; there’s too much vitality and earnest, uninhibited lyricism here for me to think otherwise. Despite her straightforwardness in the words, she doesn’t oversimplify the theme, finding a balance between the decadence of the music and the plaintive tone of her poetry.
Nothing about “Baby Girl” is overindulgent, from the production value to the execution of the music itself. Every inch of sonic space that Kamryn Marie is afforded in this track goes fully utilized without leaving gaps or awkward transitions between stanzas. This single is tightly wound, arguably to a degree that would normally restrict the transcendent nature of the music, but it just doesn’t shake out that way for this song. Marie is very adept at generating larger than life melodies that defy ambient excess by retaining a humble earthiness, and this track exemplifies just how advanced her skills have become.
The star that is Kamryn Marie shines brightly in this stellar new single, which highlights her attentive songwriting while also dispensing even more luscious harmonies and hooks to win our hearts. What I like most about “Baby Girl” is that unlike the bulk of what we’ve seen recently from Marie’s closest rivals, this song doesn’t try to be anything other than what it is. It isn’t so overly ambitious that it becomes a contrived attempt at making a pop anthem, but its leaps and bounds from the underwhelming minimalism that has been occupying the Billboard charts in recent memory. Marie is a force to be reckoned with in this emerging generation of vocalists, and “Baby Girl” is one of her sweetest releases to date.