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  • Karlee Skipper

Review: "Cotton Candy" - Estella Dawn

Estella Dawn never fails to release unforgettable music that is destined to be played on a constant loop. With her latest single, “Cotton Candy”, Dawn does not stray from this pattern. The infectious track navigates the feelings of undeniable attraction to someone. The lyrics teeter between innocent longing and toxic desire. In the pre-chorus, Dawn sings, “Out of control//I know you’re// No good for me// No, no// I like it.” These lyrics introduce the listener to the complicated dynamic, and reveal that it is not a happy love song about the perfect relationship. Now that the listener is aware of the true nature of the song, Dawn is free to let her heart out on her sleeve. She kicks the chorus off by singing, “It’s a lose-lose// Can’t you see I’m bruised.” Dawn is aware of the potential damage that this attraction may cause, and that, in the end, nothing good will come from it. Yet, she cannot seem to stop this feeling. Then, the second verse kicks off with the lyrics: “There are nine rings of hell// And I walked willingly through your inferno.” This poetic line catches the listener off guard, making them marvel at the clever way she describes this magnetic infatuation. These feelings are dangerous, if not outright harmful, yet Dawn fully accepts them into her life. She knows that they are no good for her, and that this yearning may only be temporary, but she is obsessed with the feelings that have overcome her. Now, she is ready to dive straight in, even if she knows it will end in tragic heartache. With “Cotton Candy”, Dawn effortlessly describes this feeling of unmistakable lust and desire with insightful lyrics that only a truly talented songwriter can create.

“Cotton Candy” is a dreamy, electronic track with a dynamic production that compels the listener to sing along to every brilliant lyric. The song begins with the whimsical sound of windchimes before transitioning to the synth keyboard—reminiscent of 80s pop. Dawn’s angelic vocals hum along with the melody, slowly transitioning the track to the first verse. At this point, her distinctive voice is introduced, guiding the listener through the passionate lyrics. With the soft keyboard, the production begins to pick up at the pre-chorus. Then, the beat speeds up, making the listener want to dance along to the music. Once the chorus hits, the beat drops and the production breaks loose, revealing the infectious melody that is perfect for a night out dancing. Dawn’s beautiful falsettos stand out amongst the production, enhancing the dynamic yet ethereal composition. The second verse brings back the beat while maintaining the keyboard, providing a flawless structure for the track. The song hits its climax at the bridge, where the production mellows and Dawn’s powerful voice takes control. She hits impressive high notes that sends chills throughout the listener’s body. The song stays true to her classic sound, while showcasing her undeniable talent. An Estella Dawn track would not be complete without a flawless display of her powerhouse vocals while providing an outstanding production that will be stuck in the listener’s head for days. “Cotton Candy” is another remarkable track added to Dawn’s belt, further proving her rightful spot as the world’s next big superstar.

Estella Dawn is a singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist from New Zealand, now based in San Diego, California. Her music does not stick to one style, but rather mixes the sounds of multiple different genres to create her own. In 2018, she made her debut with her first single, “Feet". She released several singles leading up to the onset of the global pandemic. During quarantine, she took the time to hone in on her sound and capture her true essence within her music. That year she released 10 original singles every six weeks, defining her impeccable ability to keep audiences engaged with anticipation of her next masterpiece. Since then, Dawn has released several more incredible singles and she continues to release music that reels in hundreds of thousands of listeners.

Written By Karlee Skipper



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