Charlee Remitz is an artist from Bozeman, MT who recently released Bright White Trims. Her music relies on contemporary sounding production that fits nice and snug into the realm of pop. Most of it would work well in a club with an eclectic crowd. I was reminded of artists that ranged from Rihanna, Taylor Swift to Chvrches.
The songs favor synths and programmed beats rather than organic instrumentation. Take for instance the opener “King’s Cup” which out of all the songs is arguably the most single worthy and apt for a dance floor. The production while not as innovative or experimental as an artist like FKA twigs is tight and refined. You can predict a lot of the moves before they arrive but that doesn't mean you can’t enjoy them. Above all else the song is catchy and when the chorus hits you can hear the inflection, which is reminiscent of Rihanna.
“Fillin’ in for a Goddess” is an atmospheric, dreamy song where her voice floats alongside the music. The guitars are subtle but integral to the feel of the song while the percussive elements hold down the song from completely floating away.
“Cake Eater” was a personal favorite and highlight and was the song that reminded me of Chvrches. What sounds like manipulated vocals samples are cut up which contributes to a unique myriad of sounds. I thought the hook on this song was one of her best. Her voice soars during the chorus and was one of the more memorable moments on the album.
As the album progresses there were a number of other highlights. “Bitches and Ladders” has a little bit of attitude on it while “Juicebox Season” features some of the most inventive production including fluctuating waves of white noise and arpeggiated synths.
At the end Bright White Trims is an album that leans more towards those with appreciation for mainstream pop. Remitz isn’t reinventing the wheel by any stretch of the imagination at this point but certainly she has a voice that seems custom made for the type of music she is making. I enjoyed Bright White Trims but I think she has the capability to define herself more as an original artist with future releases.
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