SAY - Monsters

Stream Monsters here (SoundCloud)

Sometimes music comes along that you weren't expecting yet is so beautifully glorious that it envelops you like an all consuming hug from an old friend. That is exactly what has happened with the radiant debut single from Swedish pop act Say. Her song Monsters incorporates all the things you love about pop (strong melody, irrefutable hook, engaging vocals, dreamy production) yet still manages to feel fresh and exciting at the same time. The concept and execution of the song feels like Say has immersed herself in classic influences and channelled these through her own filter of what makes a great song. Elements of Bjork, Shakespeare's Sister and Annie Lennox infuse the icy cool synth riffs, whilst the sparse percussion adds a compelling, mesmerising undercurrent to the song. It's a finger click groove that suits Say's haunting vocal wonderfully. She brings the lyrics to life and it's sheer poetry set to music. As the song breathes and grows it metamorphises into a cathartic purging of feelings and emotions through liberated, extended notes from Say and rich, resonant backing vocals. These serve to give added texture to the production, making the sentiments almost tangible and definitely unforgettable. Overall, it's a stunning debut that should inject innovative new charms into staid radio playlists. Can't wait for what Say says next...

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21 ~ Nate Ruess, Moment
20 ~ Auryn, Electric
19 ~ Brandon Flowers, Between Me and You
18 ~ Christopher ft Madcon, Limousine
17 ~ One Direction, History
16 ~ MAX, Holla
15 ~ Ben Haenow, Start Again
14 ~ Auryn, They Don't Know
13 ~ Auryn ft Anastacia, Who's Loving You?
12 ~ Pet Shop Boys, Pop Kids
11 ~ David Lindren, We Are Your Tomorrow
10 ~ Fleur East, More and More
09 ~ Gwen Stefani, Used 2 Love U
08 ~ Ace Wilder, Don't Worry
07 ~ MKTO, Hands Off My Heart
06 ~ DNCE, Cake By The Ocean
05 ~ The Summer Set, Missin' You
04 ~ Little Mix, Secret Love Song
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02 ~ Sergey Lazarev, You Are The Only One
01 ~ Christie & The Dream Beats, Wasn't My Fault (NE/1 Week)
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