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‘639’ - Kalmly | Review

Crystal clear, catchy, and stunning, ‘639’ is something so distinct and special.


639 is an electro-pop song about a conventional relationship, advertised in 3 stages, each depicted in the title as multiples of three. The song highlights how societal ideals (such as “the perfect relationship”) generates unrealistic expectations of love in individuals. Written, produced and performed by Kalmly. The song carries a catchy chorus line and advertises a commercial pop sound.


What is even more incredible about this song is that all vocals are male and performed by Kalmly. The vocals are naturally high and not pitch-shifted. It would be easy to believe that these were either female or male vocals which had been shifted around but the vocals are pure Kalmly and that is a gift!


639 is an electro-pop song about a conventional relationship, advertised in 3 stages, each depicted in the title as multiples of three. The song highlights how societal ideals (such as “the perfect relationship”) generates unrealistic expectations of love in individuals.


Musically, the entire structure was designed to emphasize dynamic contrast. Hence, the verses feature only the lead vocal, sub-bass, and organic vocal samples, and the chorus has everything from the heartbeat of the song to the pads and hi-hats come in. As well as a much higher melody line, offering that slight push further in energy levels.


Kalmly (Shaan Kambli) is a 19-year-old singer/songwriter and producer from Mumbai, India. Writing, recording and producing his music himself, Kalmly's music emphasizes a duality in voice and its use as a digital instrument in a brand of introspective pop music.


shaankambli.com

soundcloud.com/kalmly

instagram.com/kalm.ly



Review by Hannah Schneider


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