Bristol, England-based solo artist Rebecca Shelley aims to keep positivity in shape with her latest single, “Up.”
Clocking out in just over three minutes, the slow-paced single addresses keeping hope and trying to achieve what really matters in our lives. By mixing elements of electronica, pop, and jazz music, Rebecca Shelley perfectly captures these emotions with her single and it’s very easy to feel the sincerity she puts forth.
Immediately, the song highlights Rebecca’s versatile musical talent. The piano you hear? That’s her playing it. The violin that comes right after? Well that’s her too. And they both complement each other in so many ways. The notes they play create such a vivid peaceful picture. In fact, the introduction alone makes “Up” an inviting candidate to be the soundtrack of a montage of good memories. The kind of emotion that “Up” emits early on finds a way to grip tightly onto listeners, making it too difficult to shake off and let go.
Rebecca Shelley’s vocals enter the song in perfect transition. Her dynamics are on point and the reverb effect isn’t overdone but applied just enough to make her voice a cinematic wonder. The backing vocals are performed just as well throughout the song, making Rebecca’s vocals a complete pleasuring package to listen to.
Right around the one minute mark the song breaks out to show its electronic side with smooth synthesized drum loops and deep bass. Although this instrumental transition could be smoother, it’s certainly a part of the song that can take listeners by amazement and they should be impressed by the song’s diverse sound. One point of improvement here is the mixing, as the mixing between the electric drums, bass, and the piano is lacking a little balance. A positive note is that the vocals doesn’t get drowned out. I like how the violin complements this part as well and it doesn’t try to overpower any of the other instrumental and vocal stems in the song.
Overall, Rebecca Shelley hits the sweet spot with her single, “Up.” It’s obvious that the single bears a very deep emotional meaning for her and she captures it effectively with her song. The song invites listeners to just lie down, close their eyes, and lose themselves with the music while thinking of good memories and feeling “up” with Rebecca Shelley. A solid release all around.
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