2019, by all accounts, is expected to be a really big year for independent music, and for those who have been following the underground as of late, Sonja Midtune’s forthcoming release “My Light” has been a frequent topic of conversation. Following up 2016’s Live from Universal Mastering Studios, “My Light” is a classy ballad from Midtune that incorporates a more studious jazz element into her sound that even her most devoted fans haven’t heard before, but nevertheless complements her tonality pristinely. She pulls out all her weapons in this single to deliver a real show-stopper, and whether you’ve heard her music before or not, you’re going to want to give it a spin this spring.
Vocalists always find a way to make their voice the center of our attentions in any pop song, but in “My Light,” Midtune doesn’t overpower us with her striking expertise at the microphone. The mix here is really even, generously affording as much space in the track to the guitar and drum parts as it does her singing, which adds a classical texture to the music that simply wouldn’t be there otherwise. Of course, it’s still impossible to ignore the strut of the lyrics in “My Light,” but it isn’t the only ear-catching jewel in this single.
Supple instrumentation frames the verses perfectly here, reflecting the contrition in Midtune’s voice wonderfully and helping to project her vibrant energy onto the audience. In the music video for “My Light,” we get to experience the exact same mix that we find in the single, but with the addition of romantic visuals that embody the soul of music superbly. The beach and the two lovers who occupy it – one of whom being Midtune – can be artistically translated in the same way that the lyrics can, and while the tonality of the song somewhat overshadows the DIY nature of the visuals, the lyrics take on an even deeper meaning after seeing actual faces to match characters they introduce us to.
“My Light” is produced with such an attention to detail that it sounds more like a live club show than it does a dispatch from the studio, which says a lot about both the intricacies within Midtune’s depth of tone and the smooth hand engineering the song from behind the soundboard. I haven’t seen her in person, but if she were to be even half as focused and erudite in her performance as she is here, it would be a show that I – or any self-respecting music enthusiast – could not afford to miss.
Fans of all styles of music really can’t go wrong with “My Light,” as it relies only on a staggering rhythm and a colorful, high definition melody to win our hearts. Midtune’s music is devoid of the artificiality that has plagued western music in recent memory with a conceited self-absorption that has bled into pop culture in all of the worst ways possible. She’s doing her part to right the course in this song, and leaving a trail of bubbly, reverberating harmonies in her wake.