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Review: "Good Kid" - Amelie Kalia

Good Kid cover art

Pop newcomer Amelie Kalia just released her debut single, “Good Kid” on June 28, 2024. The guitar-laden track is reminiscent of artists like Lizzy McAlpine and Gracie Abrams. The song was co-produced by Gavin Hudner and mixed/mastered by Bella Marcy. It tackles the experience of being young and anxious. The kids that were too scared to raise their hand in class, who preferred to play by themselves at recess. She sings about being quiet and reserved, particularly compared to her classmates, and how that gives her this notion of being a ‘good kid.’ If you’re looking for a new voice in pop music, Amelie Kalia is the perfect place to start.

“Good Kid” is an acoustic inspired track that features Kalia’s breathy vocals layered over a guitar-heavy production. She opens the track up with “Sitting in the front of the fourth grade class / Teacher said I’m kind in a conference.” Right away, we are pulled into Kalia’s childhood as she reflects on what it means to be a ‘good kid.’ In the solemn refrain, she sings, “I’m a good kid in the fourth grade class / Mom’s not worried about drugs because I’m smarter than that / She’s just worried ‘cause my brains not like my friends / I’m a good kid ‘cause of that.” As a child, I often struggled with social anxiety and was more reserved. I felt my child self seen with lines like “I read at lunch / The kids are loud.” She put in the experience of feeling disconnected from everyone else in the fourth grade because of your more quiet and anxious personality.

Amelie Kalia is a 20 year old rising singer-songwriter studying music at the University of California - Los Angeles, with roots also in Napa Valley. She has crafted an exciting indie pop and acoustic inspired sound. In her music, she loves to explore childhood and growing up. She touches on these universal topics with honesty and authenticity. “Good Kid” is a wondrous debut track that explores life as a quirky and anxious kid. If you enjoyed this song, make sure to check out Amelie Kaila’s social media accounts linked below, so you can keep up with all the latest information on her and her music. I, for one, cannot wait to see what she shall release next.

Written By Sydney Gray



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