Kiana Corley is a twenty-one-year-old musician based out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania who recently released an EP entitled One Way. The EP contains four songs which fit under the umbrella of pop.
The EP starts with the title track “One Way.” You are greeted with a clean, funky guitar and an even funkier bass. It’s a catchy song and felt a little bit like something you might hear from a Disney show. It felt motivational and hopeful as if she was catering to a younger audience. The second verse opens up a bit with funkier aspects and by the time you get to the second chorus there is a full fledged horn section.
Up next is “Palpitations” which is very poppy sounding song. There is again that sort of feeling that I'm listening to a younger Justin Timberlake or Christina Aguilera singing at Disney. It’s very wholesome without the slightest sense there are is any darkness that exists in the world.
“Tightrope” is a fairly straightforward singer/songwriter pop. It’s more melancholy and is just an acoustic guitar and vocals. “Symphony of Light” was my personal favorite. The song is perhaps the most melancholy. Corley’s vocals sound especially good when they are more soulful and emotionally resonant than the more straightforward pop songs. The orchestral strings were also a nice touch which added an extra layer of emotion to the songs.
Corley unequivocally has talent and her heart really seems to be in pop music. This EP showcased different aspects to her style all of which she pulled off. My only advice would be to not be afraid to push boundaries with her music and see where it can go. She still has plenty of time to do that being so young but starting to etch out a signature sound is something I always advise. Overall, this EP builds a solid foundation she can build from and I wish her luck as she evolves.
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