POWERS – Closer
Those summer chill vibes. I need a beer in hand while I sit on a dock and stare out into the sunset. The continuous ukulele and kick arrangement really work on Closer from American electropop duo, POWERS. Typically, I’ll mention dynamics in an arrangement, and I’ll give feedback to artists on creating a more dynamic arrangement; but sometimes, the simple looping arrangement works. The dynamics fall in the vocal arrangement with this track, while bringing the kick in and out for energy purposes. A tropical vibe with a country-pop edge in the vocals really create the summer ambiance in this track.
Mike Del Rio & Crista Ru make up the alternative band, POWERS. “Songs can spark from anything,” says Crista Ru, while mentioning their recent influences of Peruvian tribal music, a centuries-old Swedish hymn, a PBS retrospective on the making of Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and a 1993 Baywatch episode titled Island of Romance.
This duo comes from a musical place of versatility, from playing with underground punk bands in New York City to co-writing for the likes of Kylie Minogue and Selena Gomez. The two have toured with big bands like DNCE and X Ambassadors. POWERS’ wide range of musical components in pop create a unique brand for the duo, and they are a team that we’re certainly going to watch out for in 2017. We love the element of surprise, and their style certainly caters to that.