Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this evening’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we take a look at the rising performer, Nicole De Coteau. Hailing from the Caribbean, she describes herself as ‘Caribbean spice and everything nice.’ Her style is an eclectic mix that shifts through an array of genres. Thus, she’s a very versatile performer that can stand her own against jazz material, R&B, soul, pop, Soca music, reggae, and so on.
Her new song is ‘Come Close To Me,’ an intense pop and dance number she’s dropped with a free download on Sound Cloud. (You can find that below.) The song is cinematic with dramatic synthesizers, funky bass and guitar riffing, and hints of electronic string sections. Readers of the Spotlight will know my skepticism of this genre. All too often it’s cliche, stereotypical, and cringeworthy. Fortunately for all of us, De Coteau defies those notions and provides a rather refreshing performance.
‘Come Close To Me’ is exactly what you’d think it would be. It’s a pop love song about desire. In that sense, nothing that De Coteau is singing is particularly new. You’ve heard this kind of lyricism countless times before. She does, however, perform it with such gusto and enthusiasm, that the predictability is entirely forgivable. She’s a stunning lead vocalist, demanding your attention and owning the song around her. Her vocal performances makes the material interesting and fun, and that’s all what this kind of music is about, anyway.
‘Come Close To Me’ is also remarkably well produced. Everything sits nicely in the mix and the synthesizers aren’t overpowering. De Coteau still sits atop the instrumentation and it accents her beautifully. As a fun pop and dance song for your summer playlist or the dance floor, ‘Come Close To Me’ delivers in spades. It’s very much worth checking out; it’s a nice and catchy tune.