- Bryon Harris
Deanna Demola - "Next Generation"
BWH Music Group and World National Indie Radio (WNIR) are hosting 'Songs For Change' radio special during the month of November. Music can influence, and even change, people, movements, and society. Sharing songs about peace and social justice, will ultimately remind the world of the importance of peace, fairness, love and unity. Deanna DeMola's song "Next Generation" is one of the amazing songs that will be featured on this special radio program.
There is a pristine quality to singer/songwriter Deanna DeMola’s voice. It is both honest and vulnerable and yet, harbors this composed sense of conviction as she takes me through the synth laded “Next Generation”.
Amidst the electronic instrumentation, sparse clean guitars and processed string sections, there is a blanket of vocal layering that almost doubles as a synth in its own right. Everything is very clean and synthetic which provides a nice contrast to the warmth of DeMola’s vocals. The chorus is undeniably catchy and will be with you for the rest of the day as soon as you listen.
Being that this is a pop tune, the voice and message are without a doubt the focal point. Upon first listen, I got the impression of a voice of a generation who is fed up with being told how things are. That there is only one way.
Lyrics that struck me in particular was the line,
“In a world designed to kill our creativity, cleanse our brains through your fictional reality. I doubt you’ll be the one who saves the day.”
Speaking as a musician who’s spent almost 20 years in the industry, this line says it all to me personally. I think it brilliantly captures the very real struggle that creatives of any kind go up against when dealing with the popular opinion of what’s considered to be social norms. Of course, I think that Deanna’s message was most likely written to be more inclusive in scope than my own biased opinion about the practical world vs the creative world, but I guess the point that I’m trying to make is that I immediately resonated with her lyrics as soon as I heard them. Something I feel that anyone who checks out “Next Generation” will discover once they push play.
I don’t doubt that many things can be read into the lyrics depending on the line while lines like “On the surface, picture perfect’s what you see. How we’re privileged, have such animosity. Prescription pills you prescribe to numb all our pain” are much more to the point and thought provoking. The tone of the song is both sad and optimistic. It’s really cool to hear a pop song with substance. More artists in the genre would do well to follow suit.
In short, if you’re a Billie Eilish, Paramore, or Halsey, fan and like music that addresses personal and social challenges, then Deanna’s music should be added to your play list.
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About Deanna DeMola
Deanna DeMola is a Singer/Songwriter from Long Island whose music invokes an Alternative Pop style in her lyrics and performances. Influenced by Billie Eilish, Paramore, Halsey, her songs address personal and social challenges that have a very broad appeal and that she has had to overcome in order to maintain her strength and attain her goals.
A few years ago, Deanna began to struggle with depression and anxiety. She felt lost and hopeless, and these feelings only grew over time. Eventually, she found solace in singing and playing music. Music gave her a voice to share her emotions and experiences. Currently, Deanna has finished working in the studio with Songwriter and Producer Jimmy Greco (Carlos Santana / Paramore / Jennifer Lopez / Train) on her debut EP, Under Construction. It includes six heartfelt original songs that represent her journey as an artist.
She is currently writing and recording new music with Jimmy Greco & has recently released her latest enhanced lyric video & single "NEXT GENERATION" which is available NOW on all digital & streaming services Be sure to follow Deanna on her social media pages (@deannademola) for more information about upcoming music releases, performances, videos, and more As her videos go viral, Deanna is reaching her goals and the sky is the limit.
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