ANGELIKA ATES HUSH HUSH BIZ SINGLE REVIEW Hearts Alight
Hearts Alight, the new single release from Sydney based music artist Angelika Ates will lure you in the minute those first melodic lines enter your head. The song is a clever hybrid track that incorporates elements of EDM and contemporary pop with dashes of world music in there too. The new single is the follow-up to Angelika’s hugely successful debut single Deadline, which announced the arrival of this enigmatic and multi-faceted talent to the Australian music scene.
The track merges the traditional with the modern effortlessly and with Angelika’s stirring cadences the prominent feature, Hearts Alight is a superbly balanced and nuanced example of new pop, with the added bonus of a lyric that tackles personal issues that are resolutely universal also. As Angelika says about the new track: ‘I want to send a message of hope and inspiration for people and give a glimpse of my world that tells the listener that whatever they go through, there are always ways out of it. It’s a song of strength that I managed to acquire after a hard battle from a period in my life, but whatever this world throws at you, you will always be able to pick yourself up’.
No doubt the battle to which Angelika is referring to will resonate with many, and the track’s strong melodic sense will also help. Combining contemporary instrumentation often used in EDM with Angelika’s stirring vocal prowess creates a rousing modern pop track, but it is the inclusion of the traditional sounds of the Armenian duduk that helps to distinguish it from current pop releases. As Angelika has said about her influences and the various ingredients that go into making her music such a unique artform: ‘Having my own experiences in life, I can relate to all types of people and because of this I can write to a larger audience. I am Greek/Cypriot/Armenian so understanding the European side of music too broadens my ability to work with artists from around the world’. And these experiences are cleverly and acutely harnessed in Hearts Alight, where the idea of independence and joy co-exist.