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"Cringe" - Estella Dawn |Review

It is rare when an artist can truly be the full package but let us introduce you to the incredible Estella Dawn. You get the best of every world. You have sass, the witty lyricism of a singer-songwriter, the perfect pop musicality, and then truly stunning R&B style powerhouse vocals.

Estella Dawn is a captivating storyteller. Every song pulls you in instantly. She is on a roll, her fifth release of 2022, "Cringe" is a true reflection of moments of cringe and the power of hindsight. It is a song of reflection and accepting the past with the bitter-sweet knowledge of the future. The relatability of her narrative without compromising musicality is truly impressive and left me in awe. Full body chills every time!

Heartfelt yet scathing “Cringe” melds tropical flavors and clean pop vocals with smooth soul and unforgettable rhythms. Estella makes light work of fresh melodies while delivering a complete structure of shifting energy and presence. Featuring relatable songwriting presented in a new way, she touches on toxicity in dating with lashings of confidence and a transmissible aura of self-empowerment. Showcasing sublime vocals and breathy whispers of intimacy, her crooning evolves into soulful rasps that provide impact and volume.

Estella Dawn is becoming known for her unwavering confidence and boldly passionate delivery. Her music has proven a force to be reckoned with – her style knows no limits, and across the globe her growing audience is celebrating that quality. Divinely striking vocals carve out a fiercely distinct identity, as this creative powerhouse continues to raise the bar for the future of modern pop.

Born and raised in New Zealand but residing in the US, the singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist brings a depth of talent and ability to the new pop scene. Wholly encapsulating the art of a life devoted to music, the working creative writes, records and coproduces every one of her releases. Her ability to faultlessly unite elements of piercing delicacy and outright ferocity gives her sound a truly unparalleled edge, and allows her to transcend genres with spirited conviction.

Whilst her writing offers refreshingly original hooks and production traits, the essence of her performances and chosen topics will no doubt prove timeless amidst an ever-evolving industry. Delivering multi-layered compositions that reinforce a naturally compelling vocal, Estella keeps authenticity at the forefront – utilizing stripped-back acoustic moments when needed, to further build upon that inexorable connection with her audience. Her vocal strength and versatility is known for its expressive similarities with pop troubadours Sia, Adele and Halsey. Her songwriting, often either softly revealing or boldly declarative, sometimes both at once, tips its hat to the fearless releases of artists like Billie Eilish and Lady Gaga. Comparisons don’t last though, once the unique lyrical web and melodic appeal of each song takes hold.

Since hitting the scene with a bang during a globally tumultuous 2020, Estella has shown no signs of slowing down. The year of isolation permitted the time and focus to capture the heart of her sound, and to master the skills required to bring it to life. Ten original singles emerged that year, with six weeks between each; an increasingly dedicated audience steadily expanding in the process. Estella’s freedom as a performer, and undeniable maturity and confidence as a songwriter, come together in a way that connects on a newly relatable level.

Review by Hannah Schneider

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