EP: Becca Lynn Vol 2: Sage

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Becky Ketelsen, a topliner/vocalist, and Adam Neilson, a producer, are a fresh new sync band duo. In early 2021, they began making music together and discovered their synergistic relationship in crafting catchy and entertaining indie pop/alt pop tunes. For the past several years, they’ve had their music included in a variety of television shows and commercials for fitness firms and TV season promotions. 

There is a contagious combination of Doo-Wop, 60s/50s era Rock & Roll (old school), and straight-up Pop elements throughout the album. For starters, ‘Why Not’ is a sixties throwback with a modern twist, creative instrumentation and vocals setting the tone for the rest of the album, which follows a similar upbeat theme. It’s smooth, bouncy, bubblegum pop tune with an intriguing blend of contemporary and vintage elements. It’s not only the singing style that gives this song a Sixties feel, but the bass and the chord progression as well. 

‘Isn’t that something’ has the quintessential teenage pop-anthem aspect that makes it the ideal opener for a coming-of-age film set in the early 2000s. The album’s final track, ‘You Make Me Look Good,’ begins with a funky bass line that matches the song’s brisk pace and an off-step percussion that accentuates the front woman’s distinct voice. 

Clearly, the album’s goal is to be a conventional “summer hit,” and in my opinion, it succeeds very well in this aspect; it has a summery vibe to it, a touch of sass, and a faint Sixties undertone. As a nod to 1950s/60s rock and roll, a sparse yet powerful arrangement of guitars and vocals supporting the bass motif is present throughout most of the five tracks. A general bubble gum pop rhythm created by the choice of instrumentation serves as the backdrop for this album. Furthermore, Becca’s voice effortlessly shifts from one octave to the next, much like the song’s tune.  


Edited by: Viola Karmy

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