- Bryon Harris
Emmrose - 'Maybe Next Christmas'
Review By Reagan March and Staff
With her unique and modern take on holiday music, Emmrose shows her musical style through her song, “Maybe Next Christmas.” The modern indie/pop sound is one that can appeal to all audiences this holiday season as the smooth backing vocals texturize the piece along with the classic jingle sound in the background. The sound of the song makes it evident that Emmrose aims to express a dream like pop sound with this Christmas tune.
In addition to the production of the piece, Emmrose’s soothing voice is one that automatically satisfies the listener as they are relaxed while listening to this piece. Her crisp sound is appealing and is so smooth that the listener cannot help but to continue listening, and her controlled vibrato exhibits professional vocal technique.
The meaning of this song is evident through the lyrics, “I wish for love under the mistletoe, but maybe next Christmas you’ll know, I can’t stop thinking there’s love in your soul, but maybe next Christmas you’ll know.” A hidden crush on someone can always hit ten times harder during the holiday season when everyone is with family and loved ones, and this song exemplifies the longing one may feel when they’re lonely during Christmas.
The overall originality of Emmrose’s “Maybe Next Christmas” allows listeners to take on a new perspective of what holiday music can sound like. This modern dream-like appeal is a great approach to a Christmas song as it shows progression with the times we are in. “Maybe Next Christmas” deserves a worthwhile listen to as it can be a relatable tune for the masses during this time of year.
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Emmrose wrote her first song five years ago in math class. She is now a 17-year-old songwriter and performer based in New York City currently working on the follow-up to her first EP, Hopeless Romantics, released in 2019. Despite quarantine, she continues to perform live streams for her fans (weekly), attends high school (remotely), and write songs during classes (frequently). Thousands of people have discovered her unique take on introspective dream pop since her first release two years ago. Her most requested and downloaded song on the EP, 'Tonight,' showcases her gift with melody and her exceptional attention to lyrics that seem to come straight from a teenager's diary: I could lie and say I'm fine, but that's useless. Is it the people or just stress? Makes no difference The EP's last song 'Don't Go' resulted from a heartfelt reaction to a fellow student's admission of suicidal thoughts. During the COVID lockdown, Emmrose received messages from teens worldwide who said they listened to her voice to help them get through the night –the best music review or award an artist could ever receive.