Fusing the organic style and flair of flamenco with a colourful, pop-inspired set-up and melodic progression, Louis’ Stars tips its hat to the likes of Despacito and other mainstream breakouts that utilized the best of the two worlds – offering a strong groove and an accessible story-line. However, having said all of that, there’s a sense of depth and development to this song that presents it with its own values and intentions – effectively raising it up away from comparisons, and introducing Louis as a heartfelt writer and a passionate performer.
The guitar work on this single is beautiful, the various sections of the song are highlighted by a changing style – the opening finger-picked moments set a mellow, beach-side vibe, then you get the beat coming into view, and a rhythmic off-beat strum kicks in; meanwhile these flickers of reverb-soaked solo linger in the backdrop. At the same time, the music in full moves through these notably different sections, maintaining your interest every step of the way.
All of this goes on behind Louis’ own meandering vocal performance, and this is where the story reveals itself step by step. It’s an accessible concept, one that many listeners will be able to relate to, and the way the music has balanced a somewhat melancholy, heartbroken truth with an uplifting and energizing soundscape is beautifully addictive. A great song, one that grows more and more satisfying with each revisit.