Luscious in faded neon, Eleanor Kingston’s latest single is a track off of her new EP, Great Kind of Madness Pt. 1. A blend of indie Ariana Grande, the lighter side of Melanie Martinez, and the soft edges of Halsey’s vocals, ‘Pink Things’ sparks curious marvel with dark pop wrapped in drops of synth. As a self-described “tomboy” and “girly-girl”, 20-year-old Kingston’s music encompasses themes of feminism and female empowerment. She codes this song in particular to defy the notion of girls “only looking pretty”.
Tired of “men telling women who to be,” Kingston embraces her dark side in this track. This is evident in her vocal fashion and production style. ‘Pink Things’ itself is heavily reminiscent of Grande’s ‘7 Rings’ and ‘Thank You, Next’; there are references to the criticism of female affinity for material things, as well as the film, Mean Girls. The effects, lyricism, and vocal delivery are also quite similar to several of Daya’s tracks from her album Sit Still, Look Pretty.
However, Kingston adds her own personal flare with twisted words that fall delicately out of her mouth. Soft to touch, her voice is breathless and husky, with an alluring sense of control. There’s accidental seduction, dominance, but most importantly, independence. Production flows well with her delivery, and lyrical structure is absolutely clever in parts. It’s no surprise that ‘Pink Things’ is already hitting marks with features in Vevo’s Incoming Pop and YouTube Music’s Pop Before it Breaks.
Words by Mae Trumata
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