In today’s age, technology has flooded our lives with content. Caught in the mire are today’s musicians who champion an artform that’s more widely distributed than any other throughout human history. And we, more often than not, overlook the music created by unfamiliar faces because it’s challenging. We’d rather have an easy listen, a known quantity to skim through while we think about something else.
Hearing is easy, but listening is difficult. Welcome to “Why We Like It”, where we rebuke the trends in favor of thoughtful analysis and underknown sounds.
Chloe Castro – “Drunk
How We Found It
I first came across Chloe Castro’s second ever release “Drunk” when her team submitted the song to us through our portal at SubmitHub. The song was dubbed “Contemporary R&B” which doesn’t come close to describing this anthem. I have to admit, typically whenever I come across yet another song about being “drunk” or “wasted” I roll my eyes and quickly skip to the next one. But strangely, that didn’t happen for this song – this song defies the skip button.
What We Like
There’s one thing that makes “Drunk” so unskippable, and that thing is Chloe’s vocal performance from beginning to end. With a powerful voice that shows impressive range, Chloe Castro invokes the legacy of alternative vocalists like Amy Winehouse to keep your ears intrigued from the get-go. The peak of the song comes around 1:56 with a trance-inducing bridge that fades into a scattered recollection of all the track’s best moments before a sudden outtro that leaves you craving another verse. The bridge is really what pushes this track over the top – instrumentally and vocally, it adds depth to the song and represents Chloe’s biggest strengths as a vocalist.
From the Artist
Busking in Durham in some ways was like practice to me, learning and performing covers in my own style was always a good way for me to find my own sound that you hear on “Drunk”. Really though, busking helped me with my confidence more than anything, it’s cold out there!” – Chloe Castro