Rachel Wong- someone to look out for in the future
Nothing could have prepared me for the power of voice and lyrics of Rachel Wong, looking at photos while researching her would suggest she produces a summery, quirky sound, but the first two lines of her new single ‘Centre Stage’ gave me the idea of a woman that has experienced the hardest of heartache: “I close my eyes; I hear you speak, you’d like a different kind of me.” This song is the definition of being what the person you love doesn’t want. While the sound is quirky, it definitely has elements of suffering and anger, which I like.
The song predominantly lies on the sound of a well-played piano in an Evanescence-like opening with the subtle beat of the drum coming after the first verse, which is when the song really gets going, the sound is very catchy and after one listen you will find yourself singing along and nodding your head, even if you don’t realize at first.
Her voice defines someone who has experienced pain and has put that into a song, using music to help her. That gives the music a true genuine feel… Centre Stage is definitely worth a listen.
‘Curtain Fall’ is a song that sounds slightly happier, as in the music, but the lyrics are if anything showing frustration: “walking down that lonely road again” is cried out with heart-felt emotion, which makes the listener empathise with Wong’s situation… this sounds to me like a break-up record.
Wong’s voice reminds me slightly of Eliza Doolittle mixed with Kina Grannis, with a lot of soul mixed in. It is a sound that you would not likely hear with the music it goes with but it works, if anything needs a good producer behind her. With that she could be selling out intimate venues in which she would be most suited as this music would be too understated to play big arenas, but nevertheless, a really enjoyable, genuine sound that you just enjoy listening to.
‘Sandbox Sweetheart’ keeps the idea of ‘this is what I am, if you don’t like it then look elsewhere’; of how you could be so happy then realization that you could have better.
If I were to say anything on Rachel Wong, I would say she is a rival to Colbie Caillat; it is a similar sound which, with a few tweaks and the editing most recording artists are treated to these days, could go far. Potential is definitely there; I am looking forward to her next contribution.
Listen to Rachel Wong’s new single ‘Centre Stage’ and other songs here