Can we safely hedge a bet, that soulful songstress Celeste will claim the top spot on the BBC Sound of 2020 poll this year? To be truthful, hers is a name which has noticeably been popping up everywhere. (In pretty much the same pattern as previous nominee Rag ‘N’ Bone Man,) that scooping the win feels like a given. That being said, my ears are continually open to the latest up-and-coming acts (naturally, my interest most lies within the electronic, pop, indie and LGBTQ genres.) Someone who fits the bill quite fittingly in this respect, is the Canadian teenager, Tate McRae. She hasn’t been quiet in recent months. She has, in fact, unleashed a total of three tracks. And her debut EP “all the things I’ve never said” arrives on January, 24th.
The truth is, I’ve had Tate brought to my attention on more than just the one occasion. First with “tear myself apart,” the teenagers first official offering. Not feeling that the release was too dissimilar to Billie Eilish, introspectively dark stylizing. (The track was co-written by Eilish, her brother Finneas O’Connell and Eric Palmquist.) I knew it probably would take a few tracks, (if at all,) for me to properly, form an opinion around the latest buzzed-about, pop newcomer. Even when everyone else began climbing aboard the Tate McRae bandwagon, at sophomore release, emo-laden “all my friends are fake.” I couldn’t be swayed into from my initial impressions, that the Music Industry sees the way forward, by creating a broody mouthed sister on the back of Billie and Lana’s success.
Slowly, because of the up-front and honest lyrics, teamed with Tate’s bendy, expressive choreography in the “all my friends are fake” music video. I’m coming around to the endearing sixteen-year-olds music, talent. Besides I am feeling more melodically engaged with “stupid,” which stands as her third track. The release shifts away from her previous efforts and her vocals are more noticeably distinctive and engaging. She has definitely matured since lending her voice to NETFLIX’s animated Lalaloopsy in the role of Spot Splatter Splash. Additionally, 2020 has an exciting beginning mapped out for her. In that her debut “all the things I never said” tour dates (including London date at the Camden Assembly,) are completely sold-out. Since capturing the attention of the music industry, releasing music via both RCA Records and Ministry of Sound. You’d be hard-pressed not to grab onto the fact, that Tate’s set to make her mark this year. During the next twelve months, my interest lies in what she will further bring to the table in terms of stage presence and development in style and sound.