SINGLE REVIEW: Listen Real Closely by Grace Amos

Australian singer-songwriter Grace Amos has just released Listen Real Closely, a great crossover pop track that is a surprisingly sophisticated and assured work from the young musician. The song is well-constructed and impressive with its themes of identity and alienation at the fore and Grace’s heartfelt performance conveying a lyric that’s as touching and emotive as it is insightful. The talented young singer-songwriter from Cobbitty NSW reveals a wide range of musical influences including, indie and mainstream. In 2018 Grace’s extraordinary social media success led to her becoming a finalist in the 2018 Discover Series, judged by Amy Shark. Not long after Grace was chosen as a support act for international artist HRVY for his Sydney concert, playing to thousands of fans. By late 2018 momentum was building culminating in Grace winning the coveted Maton Guitars Britton Morrison Scholarship, enabling her to attend the prestigious CMAA Academy of Music. Listen Real Closely begins with an acoustic guitar part accompanied by a slide guitar texture. The feel has a gentle rolling pulse to it, echoing a folk style yet the pop element quickly brought to the surface with the utilisation of strong melodies and a resourceful arrangement. The chorus resolves on a poetically charged lyric line, ‘If you listen real closely, you’ll hear as the world breaks my heart’, yet, there is another peak during the song with the bridge and its layers of lush harmonies and full instrumentation. Listen Real Closely is the kind of the song that will fit into several genres, and its broad appeal will no doubt expose Grace to a wider audience. In a short period, this young Australian artist has achieved a great deal but with the release of Listen Real Closely her career is about to take off and rise to the next level.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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