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  • George McSherry

Review: "DLM" - Rora Wilde

DLM stands for "Don't Let Me (Let You Go)" and the intoxicating new release is warm and smooth like springtime in Miami. Not like spring break, though. The upbeat pop/r&b single might actually suit the spring break vibe, but the curated combination of genres, multiple flows, and tangible emotional substance all elevate DLM to a profound and versatile bop for Rora Wilde to add to her growing collection. Passion and sensuality are bursting at the song's seams, showcased in the fine-tuned, emotional lyricism and anchored in an undeniable r&b flow.

Warm, soft, and powerful vocals ride the looped waves of acoustic guitar before the deft yet stirring combination of drums and bass guitar enters to add the finishing touches to the song's framework. Wilde's pining lyricism is delivered with a paradoxically smooth punchiness which reflects the complex nature of the song's subject of the thorny entanglement of people's oscillating emotions. The layered vocals that float through the song wind down alongside the acoustic guitars to ease you toward the song's end. Sadly, it only runs just shy of two minutes, but you can just do what I did and put it on repeat.

By way of Austin, TX, Rora Wilde, a Rio Grande Valley native, has been based in Los Angeles since 2020. Wilde found her intro to music through singing at age six and quickly developed a love for music. She fostered this love through cello lessons and quickly went on to teach herself guitar and piano. Having started songwriting at just thirteen, the effortlessness she displays today is surely a result of not only natural talent but gritty perseverance. If you want to hear Rora's ridiculous range, you can dig a little past her discography to see her collabs with Sam Sage (Agarrame) or Tribe Mafia (Hurt).

Written By George McSherry



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