IMAN’s For You is an incredible song. Even before you know the story behind it, the single just sounds stunning – the build up, the rise from the gentle to the intense, the melody, the evolution of the beat, and the artist’s uniquely beautiful and genuine leading voice. Then as you consider the emotional substance that led to the writing of the track – this is something written from the heart, by somebody who, as a teen, was made to leave her family in order to pursue a career in music – the lyrics and the passion in the sound all appear with a new level of power and poignancy.
These conflicting desires are perfectly well expressed in everything from the melody and overall mood of the song, to IMAN’s leading performance, to the lyrics. Certain lines really sink in and connect on a deeply human level, the sort that will find a way to reach out to just about anyone who has felt inner conflict or who knows what it is to be loved or to leave behind a loving family. It’s not something many people will have directly experienced, it’s just that the way it’s been presented here manages to find you in such a way that it really leaves an imprint in your mind.
On the surface, this is a gorgeous alt-pop song soaked in a rhythmic trip-hop vibe that makes it blissfully easy to listen to. It’s a calming song, it feels emotional and reflective even without the subject matter, and that’s the power of well crafted, considerate music. On top of this, the sound is fresh – IMAN brings audiences equal parts professionalism and individuality. Her voice and her approach to creative expression result in something new and immediately captivating. Hopefully there’s a lot more to come.