Ally Eandi is going out on a limb in her new single “Home,” but despite the exposed lyricism she uses to make her point in this track, her narrative is one of the more relatable I’ve broken down in a long time. “Home” features a poetic depth that I don’t usually discover when reviewing artists who are as fresh on the scene as this one is, but I think it’s worth noting that when I say poetic I’m not referencing linguistics alone. Here, everything included in the mix is an arm of this player’s evocative storytelling, and she’ll use every element within her reach to get our attention early on in the song.
The honesty in these lyrics translates rather broodingly via the pained, bittersweet delivery Eandi offers us behind the mic, and the effectiveness of the contrast is truly immeasurable. She’s very skillful at melding the best parts of two conflictive techniques together in a single release without sounding like a straight hybrid in the fashion a lot of her pop contemporaries have this year. “Home” spotlights her individuality far more than it does anything even conceivably straightforward within her sound or artistry as it stands independent of this new release.
Eandi has a really powerful command of our attention in this song from the time we press the play button onward, and her exploiting the tempo of the instruments to build the tension in the first act of “Home” is part of the reason she sounds as swaggering and in-charge as she does in this scenario. It isn’t that she has to be moving particularly slow to make a big statement here, but instead simply worth acknowledging what she can do to use something as barebones and unassumingly potent as a beat to make her emotions all the more tangible to us.
As far as instrumentation goes, there’s nothing lax about the foundations of this single, nor the way they’re appropriated by the woman of the hour herself. The bass is much heavier than it needs to be, but this in turn fosters a chain reaction between the melodic componentry that eaves the entire track sounding a bit more physical and disarming than it might have with a more streamlined production style. Eandi can work with texture and tone the same, and if there was ever any doubt about that before “Home,” this song should do a fine job of setting the record straight once and for all.
There are not many singer/songwriters in the pop genre that have as equally dark and decadent a sonic profile as this player does, and how she’s using it to express herself in the new single “Home” is really something to behold. She’s got an aesthetical rough edge in her execution and it’s yielding some of the most original and spellbinding material of her young career in this song. Ally Eandi might be among many gifted pop musicians coming out of the woodwork this summer, but she’s presently the only one who has my complete endorsement as an artist thanks to her hot new single.
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