Soaring vocals and larger than life melodies are exactly what one would expect from a Berklee College of Music graduate and Katelyn Benton definitely does not disappoint. The Los Angeles resident has grown up writing and performing her songs for a variety of audiences. This piano playing, singer songwriter has been hard a work on her upcoming full length album and recently released the first single “Fix”.
The track begins with beautifully arranged piano chords that make up the basis of the instrumentality. There is sort of a dark quirkiness already evident, almost a Tim Burton-like composition. Benton’s pretty vocals start off softly and build up more powerfully as the song progresses. The stand out moment of the song lies in the chorus, which explodes in a shower of catchy lyrics and an upbeat tempo. It carries the song into danceable, radio friendly territory and has the potential to please a variety of audiences. The lyrics and melody blend lightness and darkness perfectly, adding to the excitement of the song. Benton teamed up with film composers Scott Nickoley of South Park and Ryan Franks of Pendulum Music to produce “Fix”, adding a unique cinematic quality to the track that would place it right at home on a movie soundtrack.
“Fix” is well-written and well-sung, but it is its production quality and direction that puts it far ahead of other songs in the indie pop genre. Benton and her producers show an innovativeness with the track that is very forward thinking in today’s music scene. “Fix” is a creative blend of classic piano arrangement, pop vocals and melodies, and film composition, giving the song a distinctive edge that will intrigue listeners and has the capability turn them into loyal fans.Benton has a huge hit in her repertoire and I wouldn’t be surprised to hear this song on a popular movie soundtrack in the future. In the meantime, keep an eye and an ear out for Benton’s still untitled full length album, set to debut sometime in 2014.
Check out the music video for “Fix”
Download the single on Benton’s website.