Track Review: MICHELLE – “SUNRISE” feat. Arlo Parks
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Six-piece pop/R&B group MICHELLE teamed up with British bedroom pop artist Arlo Parks to release a new take on their track, “SUNRISE,” a dreamy indie tune that warms the soul with rich harmonies and bubbly beats. The original track “SUNRISE” premiered in July and was the first new music to come from MICHELLE since their debut self-released album HEATWAVE in 2018. The album made a splash, and shortly after, MICHELLE signed with labels Canvasback (US) and Transgressive Records (UK). So, the “SUNRISE” remake comes as no surprise, as Transgressive Records is also the label home of Parks.
Dropped mid-September, the alternative version of “SUNRISE” stays true to the easygoingness of the original. Still, the lower pitch of Parks’ voice compared to those of MICHELLE creates a contrast that makes each part of the song more distinctive, allowing listeners to appreciate and revel in every verse and chorus as its own. The magic of the song is the vocal isolation of the end of the chorus. “Turn to you and you’ve moved on.” Their voices harmonized together, without instrumentals’ distraction, creates warm light, like the soft glow of a sunrise.
Most original tracks shouldn’t be messed with, but there are exceptions to every rule. And “SUNRISE” is one of those.
Jordan Snowden // @snowden_jordan
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