Review: "Gas Station Bouquet" - Naia Lika
“Gas Station Bouquet” is a hauntingly beautiful groove, captivating the listener with its raw emotional intensity and dreamy atmospheric soundscapes. Beginning with a sparse and minimalist arrangement of guitar and vocals, Naia sings about tender and genuine love, romanticizing everyday actions that mean the most. Lika can’t be bought with fancy chocolates or expensive dinners; she values the effort and earnest love that any partner can give, as long as they’re willing to. Her spicy, funky, and spirited vocal performance is straightforward and to the point, waxing poetry about love that is not shown with material gifts, but with her choice of love language.
As the song progresses, the instrumentation slowly builds and becomes more layered, adding complexity and depth to the already mesmerizing melody. Lika’s rich and soulful voice delivers poignant lyrics with heartfelt sincerity, striking a sense of melancholy and longing with a particularly impactful chorus. The light-hearted, immersive single possesses a stunning piece of artistry that showcases Lika’s considerable talent as a songwriter and performer, highly recommended for fans of indie-folk genres. Lika is a breath of fresh air in the industry, and her polished and confident charisma is the perfect calm before the storm.
Naia Lika has been making waves as an innovative yet nostalgic artist, dabbling in pop, soul, and R&B. Even in the womb, her mouth was moving with distinguished, vibrato-like motions, and Naia’s love for music only started there. Carving her own creative path, she wrote music for the first time during the pandemic, the first time she felt that she was actively pursuing music rather than blindly following in the path of her family before her. Inspired by the likes of Remi Wolf, Dua Lipa, and Leon Bridges, Lika gracefully begins the start of what is sure to be an illustrious career with a light-hearted single, crafting the character of who she wants to be.
Written By Megan Cao