27 Jan 2022
UsernamePassword

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

Kaela - Single Review: Obsessions

04 Jun 2021 // A review by Danica Bryant

Kaela is not one to let herself be forgotten. Returning from a brief hiatus, her new single Obsessions delivers an otherworldly exploration of her struggle with OCD. It is both vulnerable and relatable, striking that rare balance most pop writers can only dream of achieving.

Kaela sings with a brutal passion which drives every lyric home. “Stuck in seclusion” and “disillusioned”, her vocal delivery hits listeners with a gut punch that reflects her own mental state. The single’s artwork does an excellent job at further conveying this feeling, embodying the haunted atmosphere of the song itself whilst maintaining a clear and appealing colour scheme and style, and highlighting Kaela.

It is impossible to ignore the incredibly unique production at play on Obsessions. Auckland’s Sophie Bialostocki, known by many as Levyne, deserves immense recognition for the kooky, disturbed array of production techniques she puts to use to back up Kaela’s dark lyricism. The instrumentation calls upon ideas of a carnival gone wrong. Further dynamic range could lift this song to ultimate electro-pop dance territory if desired, but as is, the song is a strong alternative pop number.

Undeniably, Obsessions is a triumphant return to the music scene for Kaela. Its quirks come together to create an ethereal song everybody involved should be proud of. Give Obsessions a listen next time you either want a good sing along... or a good cry.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About Kaela

Auckland based indie-pop artist Kaela merges her distinct vocal tone with nuanced harmony, dynamic beats and engaging melodic hooks to produce music that acts as a commentary to the tests and tribulations, joys and pleasures of modern day life. Subtle but with a notable emphasis on being refreshingly candour, Kaela is not shy when it comes to engaging in emotion. Often ethereal, always hard-hitting, her music speaks to the soul and continues to walk the fine line between pop-power and intimate offerings.




Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Kaela

Releases

There are no releases to display for Kaela.

Other Reviews By Danica Bryant

SWEATR - Single Review: Every Time Feat. teens
02 Dec 2021 // by Danica Bryant
Music producer Will Henderson, known for efforts with Janine, CHAII and Foley, launches his own artist project SWEATR with the release of single Every Time, in collaboration with teens. It's an electronic fanfare booming with bass, 808s and distinct personality.
Read More...
Abby Wolfe - EP Review: Lose Myself
10 Nov 2021 // by Danica Bryant
Abby Wolfe’s Lose Myself collects three previously released singles alongside the all-new titular track into an empowered EP, blending sweet acoustics with vibrant pop into a distinctive debut for the Dunedin-raised pop artist.Enthralling opener Lose Myself boasts credits from heavyweights like Djeisan Suskov, Nik Brinkman, Ciaran McMeeken, and Ambian & Sleo, thanks to its creation at APRA Songhubs.
Read More...
Belladonna - Single Review: Wide Awake
21 Oct 2021 // by Danica Bryant
Indie-pop darling Belladonna offers a blissful new musical fantasy with her latest release, Wide Awake. Musing on the great questions of life that keep her up at night, the song finds Belladonna “starting to take comfort” in her curiosities, creating a spacious, tranquil number ideal for late-night meditation.
Read More...
Jessica Leigh - EP Review: Summerland
14 Oct 2021 // by Danica Bryant
Following her popular June release Summer Royalty, Jessica Leigh proudly offers her second EP Summerland, a sweltering collection of songs telling the story of a doomed summer romance through synth-pop and singer-songwriter stylings.Summerland opens subtly, with gentle guitar and quiet synths on Met Him At A Party, where Leigh introduces the EP’s vital romance with utmost sincerity.
Read More...
Lake South - Album Review: The Light You Throw
03 Oct 2021 // by Danica Bryant
“Let’s talk about politics, let’s talk about feelings”, sings Lake South on his latest album The Light You Throw, an excellent thesis statement for an album which covers such a spectrum of thought. It’s an astoundingly innovative album, melding electronic synth-pop with introspective folk, and resulting in a record I cannot call anything but pure magic.
Read More...
Jason Parker - Single Review: This Is My Year
26 Sep 2021 // by Danica Bryant
On his latest release This Is My Year, pop newcomer Jason Parker calls back to the cheerful anthems of early 2000s pop, firmly announcing 2021 as his moment to be “happy again”. After appearances with TVNZ’s Popstars and Wellington’s Peachy Keen festival, Parker now sets out to shape his own brave, colourful identity in Aotearoa’s bustling music landscape.
Read More...
Sofia Machray - Single Review: The Untold
23 Sep 2021 // by Danica Bryant
Wellington’s “singer-songwriter gone rogue”, Sofia Machray, crafts a spacious indie ballad with her latest release, The Untold. The track is highly reminiscent of bands like Daughter and Placebo, the former of which Machray cites as an influence.
Read More...
YAHYAH - Single Review: Little Joy
23 Sep 2021 // by Danica Bryant
Named after a beloved bar in Los Angeles, Little Joy is the latest from pop singer-songwriter YAHYAH, reminiscing on the girls’ nights of her four-year stint living overseas. After writing professionally for other artists with Genuine Music Group, YAHYAH turns her eye back to her own artistry with this track.
Read More...
View All Articles By Danica Bryant

NZ Top 10 Singles

  • DOWN UNDER
    Luude feat. Colin Hay
  • COLD HEART (PNAU REMIX)
    Elton John And Dua Lipa
  • MR REGGAE
    L.A.B.
  • ABCDEFU
    GAYLE
  • IN THE AIR
    L.A.B.
  • HEAT WAVES
    Glass Animals
  • EASY ON ME
    Adele
  • FINGERS CROSSED
    Lauren Spencer-Smith
  • SHIVERS
    Ed Sheeran
  • STAY
    The Kid LAROI And Justin Bieber
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem