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Review: "GOODBYE" - Ava August

GOODBYE by Ava August cover art

Ava August is here with her brand new single, “GOODBYE”! In this nostalgic, acoustic pop track inspired by sunny southern California, Ava discusses the final moments of a relationship. At the start of the song, she begins to reminisce on a late night driving down the 405. They felt so free together, but “[they] were never meant to last.” They thought they could never come down from the dream they were in, and when she pulled up to her ex’s house, she knew it was their last goodbye. Ava still has love for her ex, but she’s been a wreck since they moved out. She wishes her ex’s new girl treats him well, but she can’t get over the fact that she can’t tell if he misses her. Ava ends the song by heartbreakingly confessing “I could never say goodbye/never found a reason why/I don’t even want to try.” 

“GOODBYE” is the perfect acoustic pop anthem for the summer. The song starts off boldly with angelic echoes, personifying the feelings of riding the high of their relationship. Ava infuses the carefree attitude of southern California with some delicate acoustic guitar melodies and rich, soulful voice. As the first verse transitions into the infectious chorus, this dramatic build up from both a production standpoint and a volume standpoint lends itself to showcase Ava’s heightened feelings of desperation and sadness. Despite this, the production still has an effortless, carefree feeling. The climax of the song is during the bridge, with the intense vocals and the guitar solo. Sonically, it takes inspiration from classic soft rock and pop but has a modern flair. To me, it reminds me both sonically and lyrically of pop elites like Taylor Swift and Olivia Rodrigo, with their biographical songwriting style and their signature production style. 

Ava August is an 18 year old singer-songwriter from southern California. However, she has long been active in the music industry, making her first appearance singing the National Anthem. Not long after, she wrote her first song at only 9 years old, and the rest is history. She was contacted by NBC’s The Voice and became one of the youngest contestants to compete on the show at 12 years old. Although Ava had previously released music on iTunes only, she released her debut single on all music platforms in 2020 with “Daybreak”. She then appeared on season 19 of American Idol at 15 years old, where she performed 2 original songs, received the Golden Ticket, and sang with critically-acclaimed singer Josh Groban. She’s performed for many California sports teams over the years, and she was given her own float as a HomeTown Celebrity at 16 in the City of Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade. Despite her busy schedule, she has been consistently releasing music since 2020 and will be attending UCLA in Westwood, and is simultaneously preparing to release an EP. Make sure to be on the lookout for Ava’s next projects. 

Written By Lauren DiGiovanni



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