Tate McRae is a 17-year-old alternative pop singer-songwriter from Canada. On 28th October, she announced that a European tour is scheduled to take place in September 2021. And with a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! under her belt, it seems the world is starting to take notice of her.
The song that captured my attention was you broke me first , and that initial spark of fleeting curiosity quickly ignited blazing admiration. Her voice dips below the expected high notes with its syrupy thickness, only made denser by the lazy cadence of the thumping bass. This gives off a foreboding, inciting aura that whispers of the threat lurking below the innocence of youth. There is emotional gravity in the off-handed way the words trickle from Tate’s mouth, and it’s precisely her ability to shape the song’s steely echo that elevates her to unexpected heights.
Tate’s voice could almost be described as nasal, complementing the breathy timbre of her tone. And with her stoic face concealing the scars of untold tales, there is something reminiscent of Billie Eilish in her. Her song speaks of the rebuttal of flimsy excuses for one’s hardening affection. It’s a story of upturned expectations and standing up for one’s own worth. It’s beautifully courageous and deeply relatable. And if she maintains her ability to grip the listeners’ hearts with the same ferocity in the future, she will truly be a force to be reckoned with.
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