Art Tawanghar is a prolific artist that we reviewed here at Divide & Conquer plenty of times before. I’ve heard a lot of his songs and am very familiar with his style. He is a dynamic and diverse songwriter. The production is always incredible and usually ends with a mix of Eastern and Western style. “Don't Call Me A Princess” was by far the most straightforward pop song I have heard from him.
The song starts with reverb laced guitars and prominent female vocals. I was expecting exceptional production and it delivers right away. Soon enough electronic percussion comes into the mix between a heavy hitting kick and some kind of sample acting as the snare. The song soon takes off with sub-bass frequencies. I liked how subdued the song was. It rides these cool waves of atmosphere and doesn't try to go much past that. There are soaring crescendos on this song and was all the better for it.
The song felt like it was accessible and appropriate to play in a number of different ways. At first I thought it would sound great in an after hours club when the real raging is done. It made me want to hang out in the lounge where the mood is a little chill but not so relaxed where people are falling asleep.
The other thing that this song reminded me of was a Disney movie. Let me explain. If you have kids and have seen the movie Frozen you may notice some similarities to the theme. The theme, the vibe and the lyrics kept on making me think this song would start playing when the credits start to roll in a Pixar movie. That’s just me but if anyone in charge of that type of thing is reading this I would take a listen.
This is a style I never heard Tawanghar attempt before. I wasn’t surprised however that he was able to pull it off. Recommended.
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