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Abi Foster - No More Air

WE REVIEW THE NEW SINGLE FROM ABI FOSTER – NO MORE AIR

When you listen to music, what images does your mind conjure up? Do you just sit and listen passively, just vibing along with the sound and rhythm? Or does a song paint a picture of a time, a place, or a specific story? Some songs make it far easier to paint said picture, and that is exactly what I experienced whilst listening to Abi Foster’s upcoming single, ‘No More Air’.

More electronic in its instrumentation and production, the song features a prominent 80s feel that even has some slight city pop undertones to its sound. One could argue that the song echoes the sounds of some rain-soaked, neon-lit city streets. Let me explain.

The synth sounds used here have a dreamy, almost dystopian feel to them. The notes played have a long release, causing them to fade back into the song nicely before playing the next phrase, really filling out the soundscape. This adds a nice ambiance to the song, giving the vocals and guitar a chance to breathe.

The production is great here, the track has a very professional-sounding mix. This is thanks to the quality of the synths, the warmth of the bass component, and the flair used in little details such as the backing vocal chants that blend into the instrumental beautifully.

The acoustic guitar and vocals here are a great juxtaposition to the rest of the track, providing the human element that adds to the emotion and overall personality of the piece.

Abi has a lovely voice, and for the most part, her vocal style switching up in each section is emotive and conveys her words wonderfully.

The quickened pace of the vocals in the verse sections holds a little spice and sassiness in their delivery, alongside a very on-the-nose approach to their lyrical delivery. They sound very personal and portray the sound of someone deeply frustrated in their situation.

The chorus features a more vibrant performance, switching into head voice mid-phrase adding a more desperate expression, showcasing a more vulnerable side before moving towards acceptance.  

Though the vocals here are great, within the verses, some of the weaker points show at the end of each line where it sounds like Abi’s vocals are at the bottom of their range. The end of these lines where the vocals are at their lowest make some of the lyrics a little hard to understand, especially as there is already a quickened pace with the vocals. This would be rectified with a slight variation in melody that plays more to the strengths of Abi’s range.  

I also think that this song would benefit from a little bit more vocal variety. There isn’t anything wrong with the melody as a whole, but it sounds like it is missing a little bit in terms of harmonies or some potential counter melodies.

I am very much a fan of this song though, a perfect accompaniment to a nighttime drive. Be sure to check it out.

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