San Diego-based singer, songwriter, and producer Estella Dawn has channeled classic dance-pop with her funky new single, “Cotton Candy.”
San Diego-based singer, songwriter, and producer Estella Dawn has channeled classic dance-pop with her funky new single, “Cotton Candy,” released on March 3 via Purplestar Records – her third release of 2023.
“Cotton Candy”’s twinkly, dreamy, opening production pairs perfectly with her smooth voice, and carries throughout the track. It contains an extremely catchy danceable chorus, in which she starts by singing: “It’s a lose-lose, Can’t you see I’m bruised?”. It’s a song about knowing that someone is no good for you, but being unable to resist them anyway – an “infectious ode to toxic desire.” It certainly showcases both her songwriting and pure vocal talent and range, especially in its impressive bridge. “‘Cotton Candy’ employs worthy contrast between the infatuation and longing of the lyrics, and the sheer energy and uplift of its music and melody.”
Dawn has explored another facet of her signature style with this release – “The New Zealand-born producer, songwriter, singer and artist has taken her career to unrivaled levels in recent months, and continues to drive with a fine balance of talent, professionalism, and unwavering love for the process.” Bringing together hints of smooth R&B, upbeat EDM, and catchy pop. Fans of Becky Hill, Mabel, Tove Lo, and Sia will enjoy “Cotton Candy”. “The song is both a recognizable pop contender, and a distinct example of the now-renowned and relentlessly engaging Estella Dawn sound.” She is unapologetically confident and has proven herself to be a force to be reckoned with, transcending genres with spirited conviction.
Emma Page, a recent Journalism graduate of The George Washington University, possesses a passion for music journalism and storytelling in all its forms. Originally from Baltimore, MD, when she is not writing, she can be found at a local concert or making music of her own.
Queer duo Witch Weather discuss new album and the influence of the DMV on their sound.
Philadelphia-based queer punks Witch Weather have a message for anyone who feels hopeless and worthless: you are not alone. With an irresistible sound that draws from 80’s goth and lo-fi grunge, the indie duo wears their heart on their sleeve, giving voice to complex emotions that many would opt to suppress in the recesses of their minds.
Join Alchemical Records as they connect with Witch Weather to discuss the band’s new self-titled album, their search for a sense of belonging as members of the queer community, the important element that keeps the duo’s creative bond strong, and the influence of the DMV on their sound.