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  • Kelli Dixon

Review: "Beat Slow" - GAELN

It’s no wonder that we crave physical affection, for it releases good chemicals in our brains that reduce stress. Everyone knows how nerve wracking having a crush can be. You try to get them to notice you and wonder if they have those same feelings. When your efforts pay off, it is exciting to get a simple touch or something more. The lead up is thrilling. It’s like inching up the first big hill on a rollercoaster. Your heart beats fast out of pure excitement. Once it happens, you obviously want more. GAELN knows this and he writes about all these emotions in his fun and fast-paced new single, “Beat Slow.”

The instrumentation of “Beat Slow” perfectly matched the title. The song is about fast-paced love. After all, the main line in the chorus is “can’t tell these hearts to beat slow.” Therefore, it is only fitting that the music is upbeat as well. The instrumentation consists of a jazzy electric guitar, drums, and background vocals. It sounds thrilling, just as it would if your heart was beating fast. The lyrics touch on how addicting physical affection is with lines, such as “I want more” and “pure sweet bliss.” My favorite part was the second verse when affection is compared to a drug, a good kind. The most telling line here is, “no crash or backlash or that sickly feeling.” Near the end of the song, the bridge tells of two warring feelings: wanting to rush or savor the moment. Ultimately, the former wins. It’s safe to say that every element of this track illustrates the passion of love.

GAELN is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Toronto, Canada. His craft combines soulful grooves and poetic prose. “Beat Slow" is his second release of 2023 and the second single off his upcoming EP, “Old Muse.” The first single, “Lighthouse,” was released in late July 2023. In contrast to “Beat Slow,” the vibe of this track is a lot more calmer and reflective. Still, it is no less passionate. The lyrics talk about the sadness of breakup and longing to find the way back to one another. If these two songs are any indication of what’s to come, I know the rest of the EP is going to be great! Follow all of GAELN’s social media down below to learn more about him and stay up-to-date on new music!

Written By Kelli Dixon



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