Glaswegian songstress Rhona Stevens unveils her cheery, sun-soaked debut single, ‘Melanin’ today. A lover of music and a keen songwriter from the age of thirteen, young Rhona immersed herself in music and has spent the last few years honing her craft, taking inspiration from the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club, Chet Baker and Lianne La Havas whose influences can be heard throughout her work.
Finally ready to share her talents with the world, Rhona gifts us with ‘Melanin’, an upbeat and whimsical number that perfectly encapsulates Rhona’s vibrant personality and unique eccentricism.
Entirely self-written, the words to ‘Melanin’ are simple and uncomplicated but strangely, that’s exactly where their beauty lies. Endearing, relatable and sincere, Rhona’s lyrical narrative tell a story of hope and longing, of wanting to be outside, missing the feeling of the sun on your skin and the warm, inviting breeze of summer air. Delivered in a folk-y, and easily digestible pop-rock manner, Rhona’s gleaming vocals and lyrical content are reminiscent of an early Kate Nash who was also a master of flipping seemingly pedestrian lyrics into catchy, timeless bops.
In ‘Melanin’ Rhona marries slick melodies with quirky riffs and magnetic vocals to create a sound that marks a striking entrance onto the alt/indie scene. Turning the ordinary into the extraordinary via clever songwriting and expert production, ‘Melanin’ is a colourful and welcomed burst of upbeat jazzy-indie that stays with you long after the last note.
Listen to Rhona Stevens – Melanin
“’Melanin’ is an ode to summer and easier times. I wrote it while daydreaming of festivals and sunshine on a snowy day last January. ‘Melanin’ was written as a sort of retreat; what I was hoping to manifest. I think ‘Melanin’ is a song that everyone can relate to and serve as a little dose of escapism to sunnier climes”.
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