If you are in need of a hug from a friend, we got just the song that will make up for it. Snowdrop is by far the most soothing record you will have heard this entire year. It stands out acoustically and lyrically from the overcrowded, materialistically-motivated industry, and it goes to show that a great voice with genuine emotion will have a serious impact on you even when deprived of all instruments. That voice you’ll insta-appreciate, is NIQ’s.
The magical acoustic guitar strums and the raindrop-like piano notes, set a whimsical atmosphere right from the start. And shortly after, NIQ’s voice glitters over the music with a lightness and sincerity in her tonality that hypnotizes the listener: “I find myself spending more and more time waiting for the leaves/ To finally fall to their demise/ ‘Til everything outside is black and white and draining from the sky/ And once again we’ve all gone color-blind”. NIQ manages to capture nostalgic vibes and future hopes in the same context, leaving the audience gasping for details. And she delivers those through the very catchy hook: “And I wait for the days when it rains/ So I can sit inside and hope that maybe/ Time will never pick back up again/ And I pray the nights will never come/ They’re longer now and all it does/ Is give more time to feel like I’m alone” there’s so much innocence about these words that seem to reflect all the candidness there is in the world. The only other song that comes to mind in matters of simplicity and emotional value is the Hanging Tree by Jennifer Lawrence. That just means that Snowdrop has masterpiece value.
The second verse mirrors the initial scenery, this time, however, focusing more on nature herself: “The days went gray not too long ago/ But monochrome’s perpetual it seems from my memories of snow/ The only feeling that’s left with me is autumn’s fading reminiscent breeze, and I’m sure too she’ll go”, interestingly enough, the lyrics respect the rhyme pattern but don’t fit the 4 bar structure, making up for it with the vocal drop and rise right around “autumn’s fading reminiscent”. This is extremely rare in the pop/acousting genre, and yet… Snowdrop seems to have every imperfection placed just in the right place to sound ethereal.
After the 2nd hook, in comes the bridge which is eerily real in its acoustics and message, synchronizing the beat to the sound of a heartbeat and complete silence, with only NIQ’s voice in the forefront: “One day I’ll find myself back outside again/ One day I’ll find myself”. This special auditory approach to the peak moment of the song, makes it rather obvious that THIS is the real message in Snowdrop, that there is a better future, with more of the sun and less of the gloom.
The ending, surprisingly, is very sweet and comforting, soothing the listener’s inner fears by sharing the artist’s own inner questions: “And I pray I’m not the only one whose feelings/ Travel this far gone and sometimes take/ A couple days or weeks to come back home” – free therapy right here. It does help, especially after a global lockdown, knowing you’re not going bananas and that we’re all, on various levels, struggling with the same mood swings and melancholy. Thank you NIQ for putting your hear on a sleeve for us to feel.
Song Credits: NIQ – artist, songwriter; Kristen Parisi (also vocal producer), David Reuter (also music arranger) – music producers; recorded at The Dark Matter Laboratory in Nashville, Tennessee, USA; published by Big Tent Nashville
Review by Mariana Berdianu
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