New artist for you musical peeps in the form of Bela Takes Chase.
This electro pop princess hailing from the land of Oz, after hopping over to blightly fairly recently to pursue her musical career she brings us her debut single – Miles Away.
As I slapped this track into iTunes and gave it a spin, I had no idea what to expect Bela, never come across her before, the track begins with an atmospheric solo piano is a kind of Video Games esque manner, and slowly builds from these lumbering chords into quick appergios, I must admit I’d thought by this point with my apathetic mind sight as I sit on a rather depressing train home that I’d heard all the song in this small intro and had been subject to a Lana copycat. However I was pleasantly suprised. the song then unveils its true nature, as it kicks into a rather pleasant electro pop ditty, don’t get me wrong its no musical revolution, but it significantly cheered up my train journey. Even after a few plays I must confess to mouthing along…no wonder no-one sat next to me…
Stabbing synth strings, intertwined with the continuing piano arpeggio, along with the vocal line which is inherently catchy.
It is in a way formulaic but thats not necessarily a bad thing, is it a strong catchy song? Yes, so the formula if there was one, has clearly worked I wouldn’t be too unhappy if this was a first single I created. Polish up the production slightly, impart some real strings and piano into the mix, give the drums a bit more depth and punch at certain points and then I think Bela Takes Chase in onto a winner.
Names that pop into my head when I heard this were instantly Lana Del Ray and La Roux, much rather listen to this than the latter I’ll be honest.
I wouldn’t be surprised if I hear this on the radio doing the rounds in a few months, and will be interested to see what an album of this is like.
In short: Took me by surprise in a good way on the first listen, and is now gonna be stuck in my head for a good few days…thanks Bela…
Check out Bela and her music at http://www.belatakeschase.com/