By The Alchemist
Born Kelli Wright, Connecticut singer-songwriter and recording artist Kelaska has just released her second single of 2022, “Tightrope,” about coming to grips with growing up to become a strong, independent woman in the face of so-called ‘acceptable’ social norms.
“Tightrope” begins with an understated rhythm and melody while Kelaska begins to reminisce about her childhood into adolescence. She reads between the lines to spot the ways she now observes as her attempts to fit into a mold rather than embarking on the journey to discover herself. The lyrics are candid and Kelaska’s vocals reflect sadder softer tones but convey confidence and strength as she begins to commit to her own path.
Wright spent her childhood writing ‘silly pop songs,’ and her formative years absorbing the classic sounds of The Beatles, Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, and Queen while exploring the modern sounds of KT Tunstall, Death Cab for Cutie, and The Killers. She began growing a following on YouTube by performing covers of some of her favorites, gaining the attention of People magazine which called her one of the “Ten Cover Song Pros You Should Be Following on Instagram.” Indeed, having released 10 volumes of cover songs, her familiarity with the ins and outs of popular songs from a variety of artists is truly impressive. Tacking on her music education from Berklee School of Music, it really isn’t any wonder that she is able to craft hits of her own.
Working with producer Mackenzie Christensen, Kelaska recently released “Long Way Home,” and now “Tightrope,” and fans of artists like Holly Humberstone and Maggie Rogers are expectantly hopeful for more to come. Check out “Tightrope” below, and find this and more great music on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify.
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