Katie Belle - Back To California
Pop, R&B, Adult Contemporary
Georgia, United States
Overall Impression: Now, I've been to California on a number of occasions, and saying I love it would be a massive understatement, but every now and again you come across a song that perfectly encapsulates the feeling of the golden state and I can safely say, this is definitely one of those very songs. Showcasing excellent performances, an infectious amount of energy, and overall good vibes, "Back To California" is a wonderfully upbeat homage to the great state, and Katie Belle does a fantastic job of really capturing the feel of the place with a tremendous amount of heart and soul.
Strongest Point(s): Mixing elements of pop, r&b, dance, and rap make for a stylistically interesting song, borrowing elements from each really helps create both an investing and inspired piece of songwriting that will undoubtedly appeal to a wide audience. The track is well arranged and flows perfectly, sections weave in and out of one another effortlessly and this is another clear sign of strong writing, offering a diverse variety of ideas and sounds for the listener to really engage and connect with. It goes without saying that the lead vocal performance is the heart of the song, expressing the lyrics with oodles of passion and assurance, they fit the style of the track perfectly, and the addition of r&b/rap vocals make for an interesting contrast, complementing the lead vocal lines greatly and adding interesting tonal textures to the performances. The production is excellent, crystal clear and boasting a superb amount of clarity and polish whilst managing to retain the individual characteristics of the instrumental parts and performers, the track has a great amount of bounce to it, which again, helps add to the upbeat nature of the song tremendously.
Target Audience Appeal: This fits the pop genre perfectly and has that certain modern sound to it that will allow it to sit alongside many of the current popular tracks.
Artist target suggestions: Camila Cabello, Ally Brooke, Alessia Cara, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Zara Larsson, Fifth Harmony, Demi Lovato, Halsey, Justin Bieber, ZAYN, Shawn Mendes, Nick Jonas, The Weekend, Bruno Mars
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About the Reviewer:
Andre is a freelance session musician, composer, and sound engineer based in the U.K. Having studied music production and composition at a degree level, he has taken his passion for all things audio-related and strived to become a competent musician and performer. Being a self-confessed "Guitar Nerd" Andre has been continually studying the guitar, as well as teaching it, helping students both learn the instrument, develop their songwriting, and how to become proficient in home recording.