HUSH HUSH BIZ SINGLE REVIEW
Just Another Love Song
Emerging Australian music artist Eli Dan is an act to watch. Featuring the pop sensibilities of Elisha Apurado’s (Eli) extraordinary musical prowess and the folk-based roots style of consummate musician Danny Hacket (Dan), Eli Dan transforms into a unifying artistic force, exploring a genre that’s a cross-pollination of Sara Bareilles, John Mayer, LAUV and Vera Blue. Following the incredible success of their debut single Treading Water, a finalist in the 2019 International Song Competition, Eli Dan look set to take it up a notch with Just Another Love Song’s release.
The new track blends acoustic guitar and piano elements with electronic layering to generate a rich, rousing contemporary pop track with a universal appeal. This poignant and powerful song explores the age-old question: ‘Is it better to have loved or not have loved at all?’ As part of the chorus lyric states, I know about love, I’ve read all the stories and I can count one by one, the fairy tales and glories—this awareness is reflected in the maturity of the record’s structure, sonic embellishments and perhaps most importantly, Eli’s soaring, self-assured vocal. As Eli has said about the creative process, ‘Through writing lyrics and songs from life experience, the music brings to light the side of life that is usually not spoken about. To show that even though life might be tough, sometimes there’s beauty in the pain and everything can be beautiful no matter how ugly it may seem.’ From the opening synth pulses to the high-flying cadences of the final chorus, Just Another Love Song skilfully fuses a strong sense of dynamics, melodic panache, and Eli’s emotional charged vocal performance to breathe new life into familiar subject matter. Part of the beauty of this song, and more specifically the production, is that the instrumentation, choice of sounds and textures add weight to the lyric’s focus. Just Another Love Song is not just another love song but a passionate reaffirmation of a new kind of ode to modern love.