SINGLE REVIEW: Set Me Free by Leea Nanos
Getting discovered through the Eurovision – Australia Decides portal is not a bad way for a sixteen-year-old music artist to kick off their musical career but that’s exactly what happened to Melbourne singer Leea Nanos.
Her self-penned song Set Me Free emerged from hundreds of competing songs to receive worldwide exposure in a televised event staged for the purposes of choosing Australia’s entry into the Eurovision. Leea’s performance blew many people away and her tune had as a good a chance as any to take out the prize. The song is a great mix of pop, R&B and dance with a lyric that most people will relate to. The track begins with a half-time worldbeat rhythm surrounded by gentle synths and gliding textures which then introduces Leea’s intimate vocal, self-assured and commanding. The feel is intensified by more synths and layers of interesting ambient sounds that segue into the chorus. This is where the percussion and drum elements take the track into dance territory lifting the chorus and augmenting the melody well. The melodic structure builds right from the opening verse until the chorus which is beautifully simple and loaded with a potent hook. Leea’s vocal performance is suitably measured throughout the verses and the lead up to the chorus but when the track opens up her voice brilliantly displays her evocative tone and a passionate undeniable commitment to the lyric. It’s also a very mature performance which helps lure the listener in.
The production is just right, never getting in the way of the dynamics of Leea’s voice and featuring enough colour and varying textures to bolster the melodies and lyric. The song’s big chorus is the driver of the song but Leea’s bold and impassioned cadences are the perfect vehicle for it, which is logical—Leea wrote the track. The song and the treatment of it are a nice mix of the contemporary with the classic, and one can expect this track to get a lot of across the board radio support.
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