Single Review: Becca James' ‘Control’
Starting out as an acapella demo, the guys at Kaleidoscope have really given the track a whole new lease of life, layering a cacophony of vocals, laid-back piano and ambient guitars.
Tension is created and heightened until its breaking point, at which the release takes on an almost volcanic form.
These metaphoric expansions and contractions in the music are a perfectly fitting to the chilling repetition of “...and breathe”, which almost feels like it’s being whispered down the back of your neck.
Though it’s not necessarily a toe-tapper, the obvious neo-soul influences intoxicate the listener into a trance-like state, undeniably aided by backing band SHIELDS’ collaboration on the track. Speaking of which, the musician in me feels obliged to comment on the chosen chords that lay down the foundations for the rest of the song. Just lovely.
It might not make sense before hearing the track, but ‘Control’ somehow makes everything feel like it’s going in slow motion; the blissfully intense yet hazy vocals and fuzzy instrumentation are an unlikely and oxymoronic combination, but one which feels purposeful.
Dipping back down from its climax, it comes to its conclusion just the same way it started, in a roundabout 360 way. This pleasant resolve makes for a very satisfied listener.
Enticingly atmospheric, this track as a whole really displays Becca James’ ability as a vocalist from beginning to end.
All photography by Holly Olivia Photography