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Betty Who Releases Free Debut EP 'The Movement' [Review]

Betty Who

Frequent readers of this blog may remember that I first alerted you about rising pop sensation Betty Who when I exclusively premiered her single "Somebody Loves Me" last September. That track had pop fans everywhere excited and anxious for more songs from the Aussie singer. Since then, the singer has gone back into the studio with young and upcoming producer Peter Thomas to put the final touches on an EP of songs that further detail her developing brand of pop. Aptly-titled "The Movement," the EP is now available as a free download for everyone to enjoy. And boy, if you love the good pop, you're in for a major treat.

To the uninitiated, Betty Who was raised in Sydney, Australia and she's currently living in Boston. The singer brings a distinct point of view to the pop scene that is inspired by everything pop. She mentions artists like Joni Mitchell, Ella Fitzgerald and Michael Jackson as some of her inspirations, but she also has a deep. appreciation for the sweet and sleek pop of fellow Aussie Kylie Minogue.

She pays tribute to one of the greatest pop vocalists of all time on "Somebody Loves Me," the lead track on the EP, that was inspired by the tragic passing of Whitney Houston early 2012. "We were writing it the week she had passed away and were feeling inspired by her," Betty told me last year.

The splashy "Somebody Loves Me" sets the perfect tone for the EP that includes four tracks that each feature different aspects of Who's songwriting while still maintaining her distinct sound that is retro in its origin, yet forward thinking in its execution. "Somebody Loves Me" is followed the equally brilliant "You're In Love" that is best described as a warming slice of sunshine pop that captures an inescapable melancholia that marks much of Who's music. 

Who switches gears on the dreamy "Right Here" that is ruled by a sweetly mellowed-out groove and the singer's lush vocals. The EP concludes with "High Society," a bonafide pop stunner that could have been lifted right off the original Flashdance soundtrack with its throbbing synths that perfectly balances forward-thinking pop and '80s nostalgia. Highly recommended.

April 16, 2013 | Permalink