- Bryon Harris
California - 'Arrow through Your Heart'
Review by Sylvie Marie & Staff
“Arrow Through Your Heart” is a sentimental addition to California’s repertoire of catchy pop tunes. It embraces a romantic tone that bypasses the typical pop love song cliches and lands at an organic place of true love and respect. In a world of surface-level love songs, this dedication is refreshingly sincere.
“Her love is all in season…”
Much of California’s genuineness can be felt through their lyricism. While the lead singer will “put an arrow through your heart”, just like Cupid, he will also “put the sunshine in your eyes”. This depicts his desire to make his love happy, not just to win her affections. Such a sentiment is rarely expressed so effortlessly.
The lyrical message of “Arrow Through Your Heart” is additionally supported by the buoyant arrangement. An entourage of background vocalists gather around the lead melody, joining in on his dedication and filling in the space between lines. They act as musical wingmen, encouraging California’s lead vocalist in his romanticism through soaring harmonies.
“In the sky of chance, you can find romance…”
Other aspects that bolster this affect are the brief guitar solos that step forward between sections. These short but sweet melodies harness a range of emotions, serving as little glimpses of what ups and downs come with a relationship. Even if they tiptoe along the minor scale, they always end up major, forecasting happiness at the end of the day. Similarly, the drums indicate waves of excitement and anticipation. Hi-hat fills or momentary accelerations of pace drive the song forward, filling listeners with just as much eagerness as California inhabits.
Glistening with genuine admiration, audiences of all ages will enjoy the gleefulness of California’s “Arrow Through Your Heart”.
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The group California, featuring Les Fradkin (Vocals, Piano, Mellotron, Guitars, Bass, Producer and Songwriter) as it’s founding Original Member and still leading the group to this day, were Laurie Records recording Artists in the 1970’s and 1980’s. California had several Hit Singles during that time period including “See You In September”, “Jeans On”,“Summer Fun Medley” and “He’s Almost You”. Other California highlights included an appearance on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand TV show singing “Summer Fun Medley” as well as a Top 50 UK Chart placing for “He’s Almost You”. In fact, in 2020, a California B-Side “Paris (1945)” roared to the top of the Dutch and EU Charts.
Now, California thunders back at RRO Entertainment with all new material. California returns with Les Fradkin - Vocals, Mellotron, Piano, Bass, Guitars, Ztar, Songwriter and Co-Production and Loretta Pieper Fradkin - Vocals, Songwriter and Co-Production. Les and Loretta have co authored numerous hits during 2022, including 8 consecutive #1 UK Indie Radio Chart hits for Les Fradkin as a Solo Artist, several #1 hits on Los Angeles, California Indie Radio as well as “Under The Covers” placing at #50 in the Billboard Media Base CHR Activator Chart. For 2022 release, California presents it’s brand new Original Hit Single “Perfect World”! and latest album, “California Loves