Someya’s “Always Here” is singer/songwriter Someya’s latest single and reinforces her growing stature as one of the most idiosyncratic talents emerging today. She hails from the Silicon Valley area of California and even attended a Summer Program at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, but even a single listen to this new single should convince listeners nothing could stop Someya from expressing herself musically. Her multi-instrumental talents give “Always Here” a distinct flavor compared to the bulk of modern rock – you can hear it in how she layers the arrangement in an obvious but still compelling way. The new single, likewise, shows an utter lack of self-indulgence uncommon for such a young songwriter. This isn’t an outpouring; “Always Here”, instead, plays like a controlled and considered blast.
The ominous edge she adopts early never rings false. This is no small feat as a superficial idea of the music might suggest it falls flat with listeners. Someya has classic range as a vocalist, there aren’t any places in her register where it’s obvious she can’t go, and she has enough sparkle in her vocal chords to be a convincing pop singer as well. Marrying this voice with brittle distorted guitars isn’t an obvious fit. The theatrical mood of the song’s opening soon transforms into something closer to industrial rock, but she retains the same dark tenor defining the song from the start.
She has considerable command as a singer. Someya’s authority as a vocalist is apparent from the first line and she deserves credit for working hard to mold her voice into the fabric of the arrangement. Her press materials boast of the cinematic qualities her music possesses and they do, but she has the ideal voice for interpreting this style of material. She wrenches maximum emotion from her voice and there’s only light production effects applied to her vocal.
The aforementioned cinematic manner of the song isn’t something common for many young songwriters and musical artists. It demonstrates a shrewder understanding of dynamics than you might expect from someone so young, but Someya delivers it consistently throughout the course of the track. The lyrical message isn’t astonishing in its uniqueness, but there’s no question that Someya shows a real talent in this area as well. “Always Here” shows a penchant for punchy lines connecting with the subject in an immediate way and the same focus she brings to giving the lyrics vocal life extends to the writing process in its own fashion.
She has accumulated hundreds of thousands of YouTube views thanks to previous singles like “Intoxicated” and “This Flame”, but “Always Here” should further extend her reach. She is a thoroughly modern singer/songwriter and performer with the potential for touching raw nerve endings of many and building a sizable following. This single release from her forthcoming EP sets a high standard for that collection. There’s nothing about “Always Here”, however, likely convincing you Someya doesn’t possess the needed talent to clear the tall bar set by this song. It will be well received by her existing fans and make countless new ones.
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