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  • Giavanna Gradaille

Review: "Funny Bones" - Estella Dawn

The dating streets are cold and lonely. To put it simply; there’s too many Kens and not enough Allans. For those out of the Barbie loop: in modern dating, Ken embodies pseudo-daters while Allan embodies the daters willing to jump feet first into a connection. Ken wants all the perks of a romantic relationship without the responsibility or commitment. Whereas Allan is deliberate with his actions and intentions - especially when it comes to the people he cares about regardless of the connection’s nature. Allan is the ideal package, but Ken is unfortunately what’s being delivered nowadays. In Estella Dawn’s latest single, “Funny Bones”, the songstress perfectly encapsulates the disappointment with opening up a Ken-sized parcel when you were hoping for an Allan.

“Funny Bones” is the unsuccessful dater’s anthem because it vents the universal frustrations with the current state of dating. Long-term, long-distance, low-commitment casual dating is the norm when it shouldn’t be. Dawn knows this is a tender subject for most and that’s why she eases listeners into the opening verses with delicate piano notes. These verses summarize how romantic connections tend to unfold and repeat in modern dating: we’re lured in with a sense of cosmic familiarity only to find it was a facade to “get [us] naked”. Even though we promise ourselves that this’ll be the “last cigarette”, another always appears in the pack to burn us like the last. After getting burnt so many times, we start to become “Mrs. Funny Bones” - numb and desensitized to the overall experience of dating. But this numbness never dulls the anguish experienced with the next inevitable burn - a sentiment Dawn fervently expresses in the chorus. It feels as though the only consistency we can expect from the world of dating is disappointment and a plethora of excuses. Dawn even notes some of the common excuses we’ve all heard at some point; from “it’s not you, it’s me” to my personal favorite, “I met somebody else”. Her vocal prowess beams in the song’s bridge, though. Here our artist showcases the resilient spirit we all project despite the ever-mounting letdowns; forever wishing the person before us is the one until they prove otherwise. Estella Dawn never ceases to handle unspoken matters of the heart with the utmost care and emotional awareness, with “Funny Bones” being a prime example of this. My unsolicited advice: let Dawn’s music be your nicotine patch until an Allan is delivered to your doorstep.

Estella Dawn‘s talents are no stranger to Pop Passion. The native New Zealander is a singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist currently residing in San Diego, California. But most importantly, Dawn is taking music to new heights. With her genre-flexibility and lyricism that pinpoints the undercurrents of life that most stay tight-lipped about - it’s no surprise the artist is steadily rising to become pop’s latest and newest icon. Not to mention her undying compassion to churn out singles with incredible speed for listeners to get wrapped up in. This year alone, Dawn’s released seven singles and three remixes. Other songs to check out from the songstress are “Cotton Candy”, “Easy To Fall”, and “Vixen”. Ultimately, this is an artist determined to establish a timeless connection with listeners, and her efforts are not going unnoticed. If you’ve enjoyed Dawn’s anthem as much as I have, show the artist some virtual love in the form of streams, likes, and follows.

Written by Giavanna Gradaille



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