Sink your teeth into I Can Go To Bed Whenever, the debut album from trailblazing singer-songwriter Willa Amai.
You know we here at Wonderland love a rising star. There’s just something so magical about seeing someone soar straight over the precipice of global fame into a career that will change the lives of so many – and the tunes that come with it all aren’t half bad either.
But Willa Amai is more than that, this is a musical prodigy whose voice speaks for a generation so unlike all those before. The sixteen-year-old singer-songwriter is currently under the mentorship of 4 Non Blondes’ Linda Perry, and for the last few months she’s been slogging it hard to prepare for the release of her debut album, I Can Go to Bed Whenever. Having already garnered nearly 5 million streams worldwide, Amai is blazing a trail of heart-wrenching honesty with her tunes, showcasing talent in its most raw and captivating of states.
The 12-track offering, released this Friday, aims to give fans a fresh insight into the mind of the emerging star, starting off with an emotive triumph titled “Fallout”. Tinged with subtle touches of folk and country, the result is a harmony so serene, so electrifying, and so atmospheric you’ll be left reeling just minutes into your first listen. Might we suggest grabbing some tissues, otherwise you may never truly survive the fallout.. badum, chh. “Not A Soldier” follows behind, adding emphasis to the star’s commanding vocal presence. With a touch of the beloved 2000’s ballad a la Christina Aguilera, Amai’s emotions run wild around heavy drums and deep percussion to the tune of a marching troop headed into battle. But just know that in this war of words, no one could ever come out on top when faced against this singer.
Tracks like “Puzzle”, “Like I Want You To” and “The Beautiful” continue this anthemic vibe, tugging on heartstrings and unlocking memories aplenty as they stir up all those emotions we hide in the deepest recesses of our hearts and heads. Thank goodness she doesn’t charge for therapy just yet, because our bill would unfurl into a medieval scroll at least 50 miles long.
That about brings us to standout gems “Too Close” and “Twice”, peppering the mix by picking up our woes and dashing them to side for a few minutes of unfurling sonic bliss. Yes, we might’ve stopped dwelling on our problems, but now we just want to become singers too. As we approach the end of this masterpiece, a palpable shift can be felt, be it with the riveting guitars of “Hurricane” or the rabid chanting of “Blows By”. Such a change in pace captures that flippancy of our coming of age, where life isn’t all that bad, and, sometimes, it can even be quite beautiful. (S)
I Can Go To Bed Whenever is out June 4th.
02.Not a Soldier
04.Like I Want You To
OVERALL RATING: 4 stars