One of my favorite things about Chesca and their latest single “Crocodile Tears” is how effectively a conveys a mood from the get-go. Taking influence from the genre mish-mashing of the last few years that have blurred the lines from electronic, hip-hop infusion, and many in between, the end result is something so atmospheric and fully engrossing that it only becomes more bombastic and revelatory as it continues across its 5-minute runtime.
The storytelling that’s on display here as is wonderfully expressive as it is concise with plenty of great lyrical punchlines scattered about as Chesca sets the stage for the ultimate what-if scenario between her and their (potentially ex) partner. “Cause my prediction is ringing, the ring will go my telephone (bonjour)” and even that tongue-in-cheek usage of french adds layers to the kind of subversive empowerment song this is. It doesn’t just go for the low-hanging fruit of woman scorned, I won’t miss you, you’ll regret it fare. It’s something more tactful than that. It carries a true weight that lesser songs wish they could handle. Chesca has been working effortlessly on her craft with exceptional results going as far back as 2018 with her first single release “Tu Y Yo”. Her growth is exceptional and she only gains a greater sense of focus on her production. The sound of the track is layered kicking off with a fantastic crocodile road soundbite that sets the stage impeccably.
I’d say if you’re a fan of the likes of early M83, the sound will be instantly recognizable. Something that organically blends things like electric guitar usage but with that heavy distortion that still retains a crisp texture. Chesca is a natural vocalist who has these tones that bring you in with intimacy and know when to kick things up. In the hands of a lesser performer, this could have been pretty flat, but the confidence Chesca has at this point is staggering. It also has the vibes of what could be not quite a “club banger”, but the kind of spectacle that will lend itself well to live performances as those continue to creak back out as life returns to “normality”. If I had any complaints it’s that maybe the song could have been trimmed just a little. Not that it’s every overbearing or overstays its welcome, but I think a little less time could have held a stronger effect considering a crucial part of the narrative at play is about cutting things off on your terms. Even with that said, this song is phenomenal and a true “song of the summer” heavyweight contender.
This is the precursor to future releases by Chesca and I hope she continues to tap into the personal side especially offering rich perspectives like this. Who hasn’t walked themselves through the aftermath of a break and said “Oh this will happen, etc”. This song is a briskly refreshing catharsis for anyone ready to let go of the past and ignore those truly ugly crocodile tears.
by Bethany Page