Lorine Chia impresses with immediate yet delicate grace and personality on this new release. Having already collaborated with a host of big names – Machine Gun Kelly, Janelle Monae, Wiz Khalifa (to name just a few) – the songwriter is clearly perfecting her craft at an immeasurable rate, and this latest single speaks volumes on behalf of that quality and level of identity.
Needed is a song that pours through with a certain subtle confidence and a simultaneous element of gratitude and appreciation – both of which prove inspiring conceptually yet calming on the musical front. The opening moments lay out a fairly classic, jazz-cafe kind of trip hop vibe – a light beat, a few dashes of synth. Then Lorine’s voice emerges amidst this growing rhythm, uniting with the progression as things move onward into gentle funk territory.
Her voice meanders in a totally unique way, switching from spacious and short lines to a quicker pace that’s equally gentle in delivery as the song’s structure makes itself known. That classic vibe stands tall, giving the song something of a vintage, slept-on feel that lights up memories of a simpler time. In the same instance, this voice is categorically something of its own – Lorine Chia has a sound that is undeniably hers, and the way she floats through the stages of the track, with softness yet intention, is beautifully captivating; and genuinely refreshing amidst today’s musical landscape. Absolutely an artist worth knowing about.