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  • Tessa Maddaloni

Review: "Crush" - Kelly Vargas

Kelly Vargas’ most recent release, “Crush” was released on Valentine's Day and certainly lives up to the holiday. The song itself mimics the feeling of falling in love- a quiet and nervous start, then slowly gaining speed, confidence, and knowledge before exploding into the chorus, where Vargas declares that she is in fact crushing. It is upbeat and enticing, drawing the listener in with her emotive and sultry voice. This track is relatable and fun, highlighting a part of the human experience that everyone can understand. The song was created by a team of all women (girl power), with Vargas at the helm as singer, songwriter, producer, and mixer.

My personal favorite part of this song is the difference in her lyrics as the track progresses. At the very beginning, the way she speaks about the person in question makes it obvious that they are new in her life. She sings “neon late night conversations / tell me more about you” in the opening line, which is obviously early on in their relationship if she is still learning new things about them. By the time the chorus comes around, she sings lyrics like, “Crush, crush / I feel you coming on” and “i don’t wanna be too much / don’t you feel it in my touch / got me thinking you’re my crush”. This person is clearly established in her life at this point (enough so that she is declaring her feelings), and the listeners had the luxury of watching this progression.

Kelly Vargas, raised in New York but based in Los Angeles, seamlessly blends her Costa Rican-American background into her work, combining hints of R&B, pop, latin, and alternative influences. She sings about her femininity and sexuality, and self empowerment. Her music has dark soundscapes and electronic instrumentation, and is mostly produced by Vargas herself. She graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2019, and her education certainly has helped her progress in the music industry. Make sure to follow the social medias below to stay tuned for more music from Vargas.

Written By Tessa Maddaloni



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