Heartbeat, an R&B duo formed by Kati Camara and Ray Novacane, recently released their EP entitled Perfect Fit. Being curious about new R&B acts, I did a little track-by-track review for you.
Has a hypnotizing chorus. Had to listen to it a few times to get into it. After hearing this, it could go either way: either the rest of the EP is going to consist of tracks that also look to explore the corners of R&B, or it’s going to be more of the same. Which would not be a good thing.
To Be // Stepping Lo
I can hear what they tried to do with it, but it doesn’t really seem to work. It’s one of those songs that seem to just fall short both vocally and musically. It’s not it. Gotta say though: the lyrics are cute.
The Fall // Our Love Is A Losing Game
There’s very little I can say about this track. It sounds like a combination of the first two tracks.
This song has a lot more appeal for me, primarily because of its haunting start. After the first chorus, however, it fails to build up anticipation enough to keep my attention.
Day By Day
This shows some of the variety I missed on a lot of the other songs on the EP and towards the end it shows the 90s R&B vibe they claim to be inspired by.
This song works better than the previous songs. After about a minute it seems to strike a good balance between voice and music. And then just like that, the song’s over.
My biggest problem with this EP is the lack of vocals. I by no means expected a new Whitney or Mariah, but each time they try to add a little volume, it just sounds like… Don’t.
The press release talked about how the two artists comprising Heartbeat are deeply rooted in 90s R&B, but I don’t really hear it on the majority of the tracks (I do, however, get a little bit of a Channel Orange vibe every now and then). Which brings me to the second point: for an EP of only six songs, the songs don’t stand out enough. On each track I was waiting for slowly built up anticipation to reach an epic climactic moment in which vocals and production would come together for a grand finale, but it never came (yes, I realize how that sounds. Get your minds outta the gutter). When an act releases an EP, I expect powerful songs because of its limited length. This, perhaps because of the sole producer, sounds like it has too many filler tracks, and for an EP, that’s just inexcusable.
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