Review: "Two Hearts" - Chris Bates
Serving as the final track on his latest EP, Chris Bates has released heartache incarnate with the song "Two Hearts." The moving track reflects on the aftermath of a breakup and lost love, capturing the emotions that come with realizing when "two hearts just don't beat the same." Bates shines light on missing an old flame, expressing the heartbreaking late night thoughts and inevitable reminiscing that comes with a former love's absence. Feeling vulnerable and real, "Two Hearts" gives listeners a poignant narrative they can easily relate to and provides a cathartic escape for anyone going through some post-breakup blues.
Strikingly beautiful, Chris Bates has put together a soft, lush soundscape to perfectly accompany his melancholic ballad. "Two Hearts" plunges us into the depths of sorrow in the most peaceful way, leaving our ears surrounded by gentle guitar lines and mellifluous vocals. Bates delivers lyrics featuring his tormented thoughts through delicate melodies, charging each note with passionate feeling. The acoustic nature of the track and Bates' commercial pop sound makes the song reminiscent of something one might hear from Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes, or Charlie Puth. Though "Two Hearts" is sad and full of despair, the track has an essence of closure, accepting that relationships end, and life goes on.
Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, Chris Bates released his debut EP, they don't know a thing about me, in 2020. Following on the heels of that release, Bates released the EP's sequel, they don't know a thing about me 2.0 in 2021. "November (No Hard Feelings)" served as the EP's standout single, garnering 150,000 streams and hitting Spotify's New Music Friday AU/NZ and Peaceful Pop. Receiving widespread attention, Bates' recent single, "Edinburgh," hit playlists like New Music Friday AU/NZ, Peaceful Pop, and Pop n' Fresh. After releasing the singles "Takeaway Cup" and "Trust Nobody," Chris Bates has revealed his third EP, forgive me if I lose my mind.
Written By Cheyenne Johnson
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