Signe is a solo pop artist from Chicago, Illinois who recently released Isn't it Familiar? She explains that she originally wanted to make songs you could dance to. After a talk with her songwriting partner they decided to embrace singer/songwriter melodies.
To my ears these songs achieved what they set out to do. Their songs are very melodic but also are absolutely easy to dance to. The beats are distinct and in 4/4. There is also a slight ’80s synth vibe but more contemporary sounding. I thought there were similarities to artists like Stars, Broken Social Scene and The Chromatics.
The first song is called “Chasing The Light'' and you should be able to hear that ’80s flavor in the song. It’s hopeful, maybe even empowering sounding. I was thinking this would be a great song to have in a video montage. This could be the highlight on the EP. The melody is memorable and something you want to get stuck in your head.
“Coffee to Go” is also fantastic. The song is so smooth. I loved how the vocals sounded on this song. There is a section where they utilize a filter on the vocals which I found unique. The build and hook work very well in the song.
“Groundwater” is different from the first two songs. I felt this song was more straight pop and also had the most ballad-like qualities. That being said there are some transitions that make the song fairly funky which was unexpected but cool to hear. “Feels Like Me” is bright and joyful sounding. It sounded better than just the feeling of hope. I was getting the feeling this is the song you listen once you’ve arrived in the moment you’ve been waiting for.
To put it simply. These are great pop songs. I thought the artist did a good job creating four songs which display different sides to her talent but also form a signature sound. That’s about all you can ask for in a debut. Recommended.
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