The debut single by Australian singer-songwriter Asha Vivian has just been released and it’s sure to get a lot of attention across all platforms. Like In the Movies is a song that straddles the line between pop, RnB and indie with maturity and refinement despite the vaguely teen angst confessional lyric.
Beginning with a contemporary-sounding rhythm track that introduces Asha’s vocal, quite a pristine and restrained performance initially, what becomes apparent is the differences about this record, the smooth chord shifts over which the brooding melody hovers that give the track its soul-like flavour. There is a change with the chorus, stripped back to reveal a lush background highlighting Asha’s higher vocal register and the emotional force that carries through to the rest of the song. The song’s melodic strengths are consistent, with all parts complementing each other to create an impressive whole. The arrangement is well-structured and the production perfectly suited to Asha’s often ethereal tones and stirring cadences. The lyric is personal yet contains enough directness to make it universal.
As Asha says, ‘The way I write my music is very personal a lot of the time so through my music I usually hope that there is someone out there that can relate to that feeling that I’m writing about and to let them know that they aren’t the only one’.
This intent has worked well here and is no doubt part of the reason the song has already attracted huge streaming numbers. There is a connection because of Asha’s emotional output and that’s clearly and wonderfully defined on this track. Despite its pop leanings, the appropriate production style has given it a sense of sophistication that goes beyond a particular musical trend to become something with wider appeal. It’s a great debut and one which is sure to help Asha Vivian along her way to pop stardom.
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