Smartly written singles can tell us a lot about all the players involved, and in the context of pop music, they can influence the way the industry perceives these artists as they find a place within the hierarchy of the genre. Enter Ava Della Pietra, a talented pop singer whose new single “worst of times” is dropping at the right time for a battered and uncertain world in need of some fresh conceptualism. This musician and her stylish demeanor might not be a household name, but in “worst of times,” she takes on a big composition with a warm and inviting personality unique to the style of pop she plays so passionately.
There’s no competing for our hearts in this single, but rather a singer who knows she has plenty of talent between herself and this arrangement decides to utilize it with efficiency in mind. Where Della Pietra finds herself limited to the lower scale, the backdrop here comes in and fills the high-end with a tonality that is second to none, the two diverging styles of melodic wit balancing one another out and bringing forth emotions that might not have been so obvious with a different mind in charge of these verses. She might not be a major label musician, but she sounds like a million dollars here.
The bass gets so much love from behind the board that it rivals the vocals in terms of volume, and while I wouldn’t normally recommend this in a single – especially in pop or soft rock – it somehow works well for the way Della Pietra constructed this harmony. Full-bodied was the first word to come into my mind after listening to “worst of times” all the way through without any interruptions from the outside world, and for a track that runs a few minutes total, that’s no small achievement to boast about.
Production quality is essential to giving us the full spectrum of color in a song as magnificently barebones as this one is, and there’s rightly not a cloud in the sky as our singers jettison through the melodies here with ease. There are instances in which it’s almost as though we’re listening to an intimate live performance instead of a studio recording, and with the rise in so-called ‘swagger pop’ over the last six months and an inexplicably postmodern movement that’s shadowed its ascent in the high end American Pop Music this is a nice step back into normalcy for lifelong pop buffs like myself.
I had been hurting for some top-shelf pop music for the better part of 2023, but with the arrival of “worst of times” I’m starting to feel like the real masters of this genre as we enter a new era lie on the left side of the market far more than they do anything in the established order of artists as it stood in the first few years of the 2020s. Ava Della Pietra makes an incredible foray into our hearts here, and I hope that I have the pleasure of hearing what she can do in future projects as well.
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