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Review: "Plot Twist" - Sarah Anne Fernandez

All the promotional art for Sarah Anne Fernandez's newest single, "Plot Twist," are wonderfully girly collages filled with hearts, flowers, and pink--well, everything. These images paired with the lyrics that reference he loves me, he loves me not and "poems [and] lips," create a clear aesthetic for "Plot Twist." Fernandez uses these staple ideas of romance to accentuate the song's narrative: finding the perfect partner when you least expect it. The type of fantasy relationship straight out of a romance book; so pure it makes you believe in love again after heartbreak. Fernandez croons about how this person clouds her thoughts at all times. She is giddy and smitten--almost too much--to the point where she cheekily asks, "Who the hell knew I could be like this?" When love feels off the table, "Plot Twist" reminds us that a fairytale ending can still be possible for us all.

Sonically, "Plot Twist" shimmers. The instrumental sparkles with glitchy electro-synths that enhance the song's idyllic tone. As a writer, Fernandez crafts poetic yet grounded lyrics. Lines range from explicit details, i.e., "Your Russian blue eyes," to resonant metaphors, like how their "days smile in size." "Plot Twist" is a genuine, distinctive narrative that also comments on relatable sentiments most listeners should be able to connect with. The emphatic lyrics and vocal delivery make the single come alive. Fernandez has a background in musical theatre, which is evident in her expressive singing. The vocal delivery is gentle and smiley, making the emotional beats more touching and the more playful ones more punchy. As well, Fernadez adds belting to the background of the song's climatic bridge--emphasizing the "you got me so goddamn hooked" line while flexing an impressive feat of her vocal prowess. "Plot Twist" is the ideal summer love song-breezy, catchy, and fun.

Sarah Anne Fernandez is a singer, songwriter, and actress who graduated from New York University Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in drama. She went on to perform as Elphaba in the North American tour of Wicked and soon began releasing music of her own. Inspired by the likes of Taylor Swift, Paramore, Phoebe Bridgers, and Olivia Rodrigo, Fernandez focuses on making narrative and emotionally resonant records. She debuted her first single, "Drowning," a ballad about self-esteem and anxiety, in 2022, and her second release, the revenge-inspired track "Nightmare," the following year. The latter of which has since garnered over 24,000 streams on Spotify. "Plot Twist" is another entry in her discography that continues her trend of blending heart and story. The newest single, along with her other songs, is available on streaming services now.

Written By Lauren Nolan



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