Bronte leaves a lasting impression with her dark debut, ‘Salt’

There’s not much out there right now about Perth-based singer, BRONTE, who’s just released her debut single, ‘Salt’. It’s a sumptuous and generous song, a rich and complex blend of pop and R&B that is marked by what I can only call Bronte’s artistic and emotional openness. In this track, she offers herself up to love, with her vocals coming together and stirring emotions you never knew you had. Full of sonic delights, from the high-pitched notes of the intro right through to the pre chorus’ shuddering beats, this is music as the Gods intended it.

Impeccable production by Charlie Young (Justin Bieber, Green Day) and Matt Gio (Abbe May, Birds of Tokyo) melds the song’s vocal layers seamlessly, at every turn allowing Bronte’s voice to soar in all the right places. Vocal echoes drive the song’s emotional intensity home, amplifying Bronte‘s impressive sound and drawing you further in. The measured, sultry quality of Bronte‘s vocals also ensures that the focus is on her – here, she fits into the music perfectly without being overwhelmed by it in the way a less-talented vocalist might have been. Production flourishes underpin the song’s languid and dark feels, taking it to a whole other level musically. ‘Salt’ features the smoothest drop I’ve heard all year, and while it’s still early days, this is a strong contender for the months to come too.

This is an accomplished debut that quite simply takes your breath away. As fans will no doubt ask, who is Bronte? I can’t wait to hear more!

Image by Mike Dann

Words by Camilla Patini

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