You’ve heard of the term singer/songwriter, but how about the terms singer/songwriter/self-producer? That’s exactly what New Jersey’s own electropop sensation Kiirstin Marilyn is, as was evident upon the debut of the music video for her latest single, “The Struggle“ . It’s a video of her own design that engages the audience from both an individual and all-encompassing, global standpoint, shot in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and prominently featuring both residents of the comely city holding up signs containing some of the track’s self-empowering, inspirational lyrics, as well as the lyrics’ appearing scribbled across the municipality streets. The video is simple yet effective, perfectly emphasizing the lyric and soaring vocals and instrumentation present on the track, which in turn sets the scene for an even more up-front-and-personal efficacious confidence booster than just listening to the single on its own. It’s everything that a music video should be, enhancing the track instead of acting as a mere placeholder or going completely off track in the message it is trying to emanate, and you can see it for yourself by clicking this link .
As per “The Struggle“ itself (this is a song review, after all!), Ms. Marilyn has done wonders in developing an arrangement that not only is an infectious tune that helps in bringing that all important air of legitimacy to the modern electronic scene, but she’s put a message to that beat and has laid a sense life-assurance into its dynamic. “The Struggle“ is true to its name in that it centers around a huge one in an individual’s, but, it’s more about overcoming it and not letting others bog you down than not, providing a huge lyric scape for an anthemic pop vocal to rise from which Kiirstin isn’t afraid of tackling head-on. The build-up on the interlude leading from the first verse into the chorus is catchy in itself, but once it turns the dial up to 10 on the bass scale, “The Struggle“ reaches innovative, commercially apt, and radio-ready heights. Kiirstin Marilyn proves this debut that she is befitting of the type of socially conscious, diversely talented, level-headed artist that we need fronting the female pop revolution.
Also worthy of checking out are Kiirstin’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages for keeping up with all of the latest during her continued musical ventures. A quick visit to the last of those three links will show that electropop isn’t Marilyn’s only artistic lane; her voice also lends itself well to some surprisingly gritty rock and roll, and holds an authentic intonation across a handful of sweet jazz covers. Make sure to follow me on Twitter to keep up with all of the latest reviews, interviews, and more!
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