Review: "Baby Disaster" - Rilëë
Rilee's debut single "Baby Disaster" oozes somber, cinematic grit and emotion. Dark, city streets welcome you with seedy, flickering neon signs. Varied scenes are illuminated epileptically, installations as unique as the colored lights above that you feel pressed against your closed eyelids. The futuristic cityscape is both deserted and full as the lights burst and vanish, your heart oscillating between awe, fear, and comfort. This lonely walk you take at night to contemplate and reminisce will provide catharsis if that's what you want. If you don't, just bop your head.
The track opens with 80s-inspired, deep, heavy synthy bass that fades left and right, bouncing the uptempo rhythm. Rilee flows between two methods of delivering sensual lyricism: a rap-adjacent form of melodic spoken word that details the singer's frustration and a classic-pop, pitched-up falsetto that delivers emotional balance until it fades out at the song's end. Seek out this fine-tuned blend of synth-driven pop production and powerful, ranged vocals for an invigorating listen.
Citing the undeniable combination of Rihanna and Britney Spears as her main influences, California native Rilee makes her idols proud here on her debut single, featuring maximalist production that provides the song with a satisfying depth you can sink your teeth into. Rilee has arrived on the scene, and she has made her claim, bringing huge suitcases full of sex appeal, mystery, talent, and, most importantly, vibes... absolute vibes.
Written By George McSherry