Bad Seed Music’s latest musical sensation, BEVERLEE, brings us “Balance”, a vividly layered dream pop concoction that both entrances the senses and challenges musical boundaries. While the indie pop sphere has been teeming with innovative voices, few artists merge classic pop cadence with audacious experimentation as seamlessly as BEVERLEE.
Upon first listen, “Balance” exudes an intriguing sensuality, adorned with moody, experimental overlays. This rich tapestry of sound is anchored by a resonant bass riff, evoking the raw vigor reminiscent of Prince’s iconic choruses. As the song progresses, the listener is swept up in a tidal wave of vocal production – the Bon Iver-esque vocoded harmonies and chops are not just mere layers, but become the backbone of the song’s emotive thrust.
BEVERLEE’s journey into self-assuredness and self-validation is lyrically profound. Her candidness about finding solace in oneself, especially given the challenges faced by many in the queer community, is both touching and empowering. Her words, especially the poignant imagery of “snapping into your bodies”, offer listeners a raw glimpse into the soul-searching journey that culminated in this track. As she finds her balance amidst the cacophony of life, the track too finds its equilibrium between pop sensibility and audacious experimentation.
The “oddball” status that BEVERLEE has been attributed with, as seen from her debut album “Purple Violin”, is only further cemented with “Balance”. If her past associations with renowned artists like St. Vincent, Daft Punk, and Japanese Breakfast didn’t already earmark her as a force to be reckoned with, this single indisputably does.
While many know BEVERLEE for her celebrated studio work and her prowess as a Top 40 hitmaker, this song is a testament to her versatile artistry. The vintage synths and uniquely offbeat rhythms that she incorporates are not just musical choices; they’re a statement. They resonate with the grit and unorthodoxy that has become synonymous with her name.
Her prowess isn’t limited to music. From penning themes for blockbuster horrors like “The Invitation” to etching her mark in renowned shows like “Younger”, BEVERLEE’s expansive creativity knows no bounds. However, it’s her music, especially tracks like “Balance”, where her essence truly shines through.
To put it succinctly, “Balance” isn’t just a song; it’s an experience. One where BEVERLEE takes you by the hand, guiding you through the intricacies of her mind, her struggles, and her unyielding journey towards self-validation. And by the end, you’ll find that you’ve not only understood her a little better but perhaps even yourself.