Gilded notes glisten in the echo of a gentle piano that leads us into “Second Time,” the debut single from pop songstress Ferera Swan. Like raindrops pelting against a solemn dry patch of earth, the melody slowly mellows the hardened, silent backdrop until everything is melting under the warm glow of Swan’s voice. Lightning strikes as the drums enter focus; the smallest of details within the mix is amplified and given a platform to grab our attention, and not an inch of sonic space goes unutilized. We descend into the clutches of Swan, who takes us into her heart and invites us to stay as long as we want. Her love is transcendent; her words reach through the speakers and ask us to take them at more than face value. This is Swan’s first release, her first offering to the international pop music spectrum, but it isn’t an amateurish single from an inept rookie. “Second Time” is a heartfelt ballad from a songwriter who clearly has a lot to share with us, and this is her epic introduction to the world.
This single is a lot less streamlined than what we’ve seen recently from Swan’s rivals, but it isn’t willfully experimental or left-leaning by design. The flow of the song is remarkably familiar, not unlike a lot of the piano-driven fodder that alternative pop produced in the mid-2000’s, but there’s a pointed, R&B-flavored sway to the delivery that makes it feel a lot more contemporary. If we breakdown the track to its skin and bones, it’s obvious that this song wasn’t written around a rhythm or even a precise melody, but rather its sharp lyricism, which acts as a compositional lynchpin in the eye of the storm. Ferera Swan makes the words come to life before our very ears, giving each one its own color and unique identity within the verse it supports. The mood of the entire single is set by her conservative style of attack, which evenly distributes her tempered vocal across a bed of lush string grooves. I love that the drums don’t really fire up until we get within gravitational orbit of the chorus; it creates a pressurized tension that adds to the entire listening experience.
From what I hear in “Second Time,” there’s not a doubt in my mind that Ferera Swan could really take charge of the stage in a live setting. With the vocal range that she possesses, I’m very interested to see how her powerful studio presence translates to the raw environment of a live gig, where the energy of a crowd can substantially increase the level of excitement and passion in any given performance. The future is wide open for Swan as she moves forward, and she’s set the bar pretty high with this sizzling debut. A single that packs as much of an emotional punch as it does imprint a sultry melodic hook that isn’t easily forgotten, I highly recommend “Second Time” to music fans who are looking for a highbrow strain of pop to get 2019 started with.
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