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Chris Bates - Single Review: Minute

06 Feb 2020 // A review by Erica McQueen

Minute is the third in a series of singles released by up and coming Aucklander, Chris Bates, and produced by long-time collaborator EDY. Both have been making waves in the local scene, with sell out shows and highly streamed tracks. 

Minute begins with light, summery synth chords that slow then drop away as Chris’s vocal comes in, soon joined by bass and beats. His smooth voice soars above the subtle synths and groovy bass line. Despite being predominantly synths and samples, the clear vocal delivery and restrained production presents an authentic sound. 

The chorus boasts a catchy play on words, ‘If you’re here for a minute, I’m in it’. Chris sings about living in the moment, carefree for the future. “The chorus explores meeting a potential love interest in an unexpected place...Although the person will likely disappear by the morning, the song is about disregarding that and going somewhere”, Chris explains.

The extended outro, by pop standards, creates space in the track as the vocals echo and synths fade, you're left wondering what's next to come from this talented, young pop artist. 

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About Chris Bates

Described as New Zealand’s "pop prince" by his peers, Chris Bates is a 21-year-old singer known for his silky smooth vocals and intricate pop melodies. His influences range from artists such as Charlie Puth, Bruno Mars and John Mayer, to older artists like Phil Collins.

Hailing from a childhood background of classical violin, much to his mother’s dismay Bates made the switch to pop music at age 13. "It’s my Dad’s fault." Bates remembers long family car trips in which they would listen to his dad’s pop/rock CDs. It was during these rides that Bates grew a deep love for songwriting and pop music.

He began writing a string of songs that he performed at open mic nights around Auckland, testing the waters. Entering a variety of competitions including Smokefree Rockquest and busking regularly, Bates started to become known in the Auckland music scene. In 2015 he was recognised with the Rising Star Award from the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand, joining winners including Annie Crummer, Lizzy Marvelly and Lisa Crawley.

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