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Review: "More Than A Friend" - Vanda

“More Than A Friend” is a wistful and introspective look at wanting the strength to confess your feelings yet not wanting to ruin the friendship you already share. The perfect song to put on during a late-night drive when you’re in your feels, Vanda does an exquisite job at highlighting the tightrope walk between wanting something that isn’t certain and pushing too hard only to ruin it. Vanda’s narrative perfectly depicts the mental gymnastics that love subjects us to, scouring every interaction for a hint of feelings and constantly biting back the tip of your tongue.

The production on the track is a diamond in the rough of similar synths. This track is a captivating blend of catchy melodies, emotive vocals, and irresistible beats. Though the song is at a slower tempo, you can hear how Vanda ebbs and flows to the beat, leisurely striding towards the explosive climaxes. Vanda’s vocals exude a feeling of resignation, something that’s only more prominent as the song goes on, harmoniously intertwined with infectious hope. Besides the dreamy synths, the guitar riffs contribute to a mesmerizing musical soundscape as Vanda’s vocals and the layering elevate this song to a must-listen.

“More Than A Friend” is Vanda’s second single off of her upcoming debut album, “Sober In Another Life.” Michelle Alyce Vanda is an LA-based singer/songwriter, already captivating audiences with her electric performances in theatre shows throughout Chicago since she was three years old. After discovering her creative voice while performing in musical theatre, writing songs and recording have become second nature to her. Influenced by the likes of Ariana Grande, H.E.R, and Rihanna, Vanda is determined to break into the industry with a bang.

Written By Megan Cao


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