Old school crooning is experiencing a major comeback right now, and you don’t need to look past the music of artists like Raquel Kiaraa to see exactly what I’m talking about. Kiaraa has a voice that would probably work as well in a straightforward pop setting as it does in the jazzy stylings of “Love to the Moon,” her debut single, but her commitment to the classical aesthetics of the latter make her quite qualified to join the growing trend. “Love to the Moon” might not teach us anything about the virtues of smart pop songcraft, but it introduces a rich talent at any rate.
There’s no questioning who Kiaraa’s influences are in this performance because she makes it quite clear who and what era she worships as a musician, but I think that was the point of this track and its video. She wants to show us who she’s learned from the artistic path she’s followed as opposed to trying to guess who she is or what she wants to be - in all actuality, she doesn’t even know the answers to such questions yet (and it’s obvious in her hesitant execution from one verse to the next).
The lyrics here have a depth that immediately grabbed my attention and felt like the trappings of a deep-thinking poet far more than they did the casual verses of an up and coming popstar. There’s not a doubt in my mind that when she’s telling us she’ll do whatever it takes to make this love last, she means it, and I believe I know exactly what the object of her affection truly is in “Love to the Moon.” It’s the medium itself, and her devotion to it is made pretty clear right out of the gate in the song and video the same.
“Love to the Moon” is not without its flaws, but overall I think that the woman who is behind its magic is an artist everybody needs to get curious about this month. Raquel Kiaraa is figuring out who she is and where she belongs in the indie hierarchy, but a performance like the one she gives in this single and the visual document it inspired indicates a slew of possibilities waiting for her tomorrow. An extended play will definitely give her the chance she needs to work her vocals out a little more, and it won’t be arriving too soon at all.
By Clay Burton, posted by Anne Hollister