A strong harmony is typically at the foundation of every iconic pop song, and though it’s up for debate whether or not the new single from Giadora, “Naïve,” is as legendary as some of its predecessors (and clear forerunners) in the pop genre have been, there’s denying the harmonic underpinning that gives the song its luster. We begin with a synthesized symphony introduction that quickly gives way to a clubbish beat, but despite the apparent fire starting to smolder beneath the rhythm, Giadora is peacefully, if not downright ploddingly, cutting through the verses with an ease that is hardly standard among young pop singers.
As we get deeper into “Naïve,” there’s a lot of bass seeping its way into the vocal’s place in the mix, as well as the drums’, and while this isn’t something that I would have gone with had I been behind the soundboard for these sessions, it definitely plays an important part in making the melody in this track as moody as it irrefutably is. The bassline is a source of entrancing hypnosis, and for better or worse, it definitely adds to the physicality of a song that could never be classified as sonically burly.
The percussion here doesn’t have a blistering nightclub edge to it, but it still suggests that Giadora could handle much bigger beats in the future without having to alter the vocal style that she favors in “Naïve.” There’s an ebb and flow to her verses, and whether she was intending to do as much or not, she actually increases the tension in the sway of the drums by staying about a half-step ahead of the melodic instrumentation. Aesthetical contradictions are a rage I don’t want to see going away anytime soon, and through the continued work of artists like this one, they’re going to keep making pop music more enthralling through this next decade.
There aren’t very many west coast players adopting the cerebral approach to both grooves and harmony that Giadora is in this track, as well as in her debut single “Twisted” (though to a lesser extent), but I actually think that her contemporaries – especially in the mainstream market – could stand to learn something from the way she composed this release. Overthinking simple melodies and the poetry that best suits them is a common problem among pop musicians, but that’s exactly what Giadora isn’t doing here; the dreaminess in the music is the result of letting all the colors on the canvas run together rather than painstakingly arranging her sound to purposely sound postmodern.
She’s got a long way to go before she’ll be able to lay claim to the major label money that her competition is seeing in 2020, but together with the single “Twisted,” “Naïve” is giving Giadora just the start she needs in her quest to reach the pinnacle of pop music success. This artist has all the tools, and now it’s only a matter of putting them to use in ways that will make her material as flamboyant and enchanting as it can be.
Donate to IndiePulse Music Magazine’s Academic and Music Education Scholarship Program HeartBeat4Kids
IndiePulse Music Magazine creates Scholarships to help Youth In Need of assistance to complete their educational goals and stay in school.