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Review: "Didn't Occur To You" - Estella Dawn

Estella Dawn never fails to create unforgettable pop masterpieces that prove her undeniable superstar-level talent. Her latest single, “Didn’t Occur To You,” is another addition to her flawless genre-blending discography, complete with clever lyrics and phenomenal vocals. The track is a vulnerable break-up song about yearning for a lost love and hoping they will return. Through insightful lyrics, Dawn brilliantly conveys the hopeful thoughts racing through her mind and the unrelenting heartache she is enduring. While she is stuck in this never-ending cycle of wishful thinking, she cannot help but wonder if her former partner is thinking the same thing. But in the end, the clever hook is revealed in the chorus that this may not be the case. Dawn sings, “I bet it didn’t occur to you// That I still sit here wondering// Didn’t occur to you// That I still reach out for what might have been// Every time I go to call ya, call ya// Out of the blue, never do// ‘Cuz maybe you don’t remember it like I do.” These heartbreaking lyrics suggest that unlike Dawn, her former lover does not think back on their relationship and wonder what might have been. They do not experience the same nostalgic feelings that she does, and in the end, she will never get the reunion that she wants. She daydreams about the moment they will call her up or show up unannounced at her front door, but they never do. With each second passing where they do not return, Dawn’s hope slowly fades away as she realizes the reality of the situation. The lyrics paint this despondent picture vividly, further demonstrating Dawn’s impeccable songwriting talent and adding “Didn’t Occur To You” as another incredible track to her remarkable discography.

Estella Dawn is an underrated pop superstar that not only writes her own music, but she also produces every one of her flawless tracks. With “Didn’t Occur To You,” Dawn highlights her unmistakable talent through her outstanding vocals and the infectious production. The song begins with a brief synth build up that is cut short by Dawn’s voice, signifying the beginning of the first verse. The powerful vocals lead the verse, with a keyboard playing the melody in the background. The second half of the verse introduces a synth beat as the song inches closer to the energetic chorus. The production mutes for a brief moment before the track explodes, bringing an emphasis on the clever hook. The high-energy instrumentation paired with Dawn’s phenomenal vocal range showcases the desperation and emotions behind the lyrics, making the audience feel the pain and heartache the singer is experiencing. The song maintains a steady structure between the choruses and verses. Then in the post-chorus before the bridge, the production takes a unique turn. A high-end guitar riff is introduced, providing an additional layer to the track. The bridge slows down to only a synth bass and Dawn’s strong vocals. Soft, reverb effects can be heard on her voice that creates an ethereal ambiance to the song. The instrumentation pauses for the last line of the bridge, pulling attention to Dawn’s voice right before she hits a phenomenal high note that leads into the outro. The full production returns while Dawn closes out the track by singing the hook. In the iconic Dawn fashion, she ends a song with outstanding vocal harmonies and riffs that prove that she is not only an ordinary singer, but that she is a legendary superstar in the making.

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 genres to create her own unique sound. 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. Her creativity shines through every single one of her releases and she shows absolutely no signs of slowing down.

Written By Karlee Skipper



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