Now this review will probably come as a bit of a surprise to regular visitors to the Derv music-verse. It’s not my usual thing this….mainstream pop not being my default musical setting.
‘Home’ by young emerging American popstrel, Chelsea Lankes comes labelled as ‘indie pop’, which I might point out, is a bit of a misnomer, as this track is about as indie as Britney in Vegas.
BUT there is something very likeable about this young singer’s voice, and the song, ‘Home’ itself isn’t half bad. It’s a well arranged, confidently performed, ultra-polished production in the American pop mould of Carly Rae Jepsen and Demi Lovato.
So who is Chelsea Lankes? Well in the words of her website, LA based Chelsea has a “Southern charm (which) has moulded her vocal stylings from a young age. She has successfully navigated the indie pop world with her passionate and intimate lyrics, catchy hooks, and lush production.”
Chelsea seems to have had a pretty busy year, releasing two singles ‘Down for Whatever’ and ‘Too Young to Fall in Love’, a Motley Crue cover, collaborating with Chance the Rapper and working on her upcoming EP which will be released on B3SCI Records in 2016.
‘Home’ is pretty romantic electronic pop, sung with a breathy vocal bolstered by boilerplate electronic drums and multi layered animated synths. Chelsea is undoubtedly a good singer and when she hits the higher end of her range on the chorus, the vocal goes full throttle. One gets the sense that with a little more proficiency in the song-writing department, and a bit more dimension to her sound, this girl could have a pretty bright future .
The track itself is a love song that finds Lankes arriving “home” – home being Mr Right. Oddly, it reminds me a bit of Tiffany – that 80s American purveyor of luv-pop, who went on to have several huge Billboard hits and I might add, did a pretty good job on the UK charts.
‘Home’ is a catchy pop tune, sung by a very strong singer who, when she hones her craft, and has Max Martin on speed dial, could be in for some Billboard hits of her own.
The single ‘Home’ drops this week.
You can find out more about Chelsea Lankes on her official website – here.