In today’s age, technology has flooded our lives with content. Caught in the mire are today’s musicians who champion an art form 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.
“Star” by Vallé
How We Found It
New Zealand rapper/singer Vallé drops off the catchy, melody-driven banger, “Star”, in our Submithub inbox. He’s recently dropped his first album, CARE FOR ME, and has been releasing a string of singles to prepare the listeners for what seems to be a sonically diverse pop project.
Why We Like It
With everything I listen to, it’s hard to find a melody that will repeatedly make me sing it in the most mundane of moments. The earworm that had me singing myself to sleep lately has been Valle’s “Star”. The song is the perfect first date song. It’s catchy and innocent yet cutely endearing. I can’t help but love it. Valle’s singing delivery on the chorus is simple yet incredibly effective. He’s not doing anything crazy or with extreme passion. It’s plainly catchy and that’s the incredible charm behind it. The singing is almost nonchalant but it’s so playful in nature. When rapping in the verses, the tone stays consistent. His flow has a bounce but the ending rhyme seems to drag the last syllable as if he’s slurring it.
When it comes to the production, it’s poppy but with a consistent bass line that just seems to hit whenever he stresses a syllable in his verse. If you were on a date, it seems like the party song that would be played in an A24 film about teens finding their first love and enjoying those fantastically innocent moments. It’s charming while being unremarkably itself and standing on its own. It’s the perfect set up to transition from these cold winters to a colorful spring. You could probably catch me bumping “Star” kicking back with the next love I’m soon to fall for.
The inspiration would of had to have been the situation, the argument and or the tension around that time in the relationship. It was a springboard for the dialogue I was having. I just wanted to convey my feelings accurately, be honest and poetic.” – Vallé for CentralSauce (2020)
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