Newcomer Fabiana Palladino’s debut single on Double Denim isn’t immediately accessible. It’s opening few bars are, in fact, quite disconcerting. Short strings and a seemingly dissonant melody seem almost fractured.
However, when the gloriously warm bass kicks in the track harmoniously comes together. Light sprinklings of percussion build towards an understated chorus as Fabiana laments, “I’m here for you / Because I feel for you.”
The sentiments of the song are elegantly played out, the object of Fabiana’s affection showered in almost lovelorn lyrics, as she sings “Straight up, how can I be more than a friend? / ’Cos I spend all my time with you and I love the things we shared.”
These truthful lyrics, partnered with production courtesy of Sampha, create a modern and emotive song, delicately balancing the sadness so linked with the effusiveness of love.
This is elegant pop to cry with, smile at and to be excited about.