Perfectly encapsulating today’s Pop, Soul, and Singer-Songwriter sound, with crisp, clean production, uplifting melodies, passionate lyrics, and a style of quickly engaging and memorable songwriting, “Charlotta Kerbs and The Strays” emerges this season with an unquestionable hit, “Janis.”
Charlotta & The Strays is a brand co-founded by Finnish singer/songwriter Charlotta Kerbs and bassist/songwriter Darrell Craig Harris (Cirque Du Soleil, Billy Preston, QUEEN Rock Symphony). Originally founded as online collaboration, this new group has grown into a new single just released, an “Unplugged” music video shoot out soon, and further show bookings in Scandinavia, the UK, and Europe!
For the bright and poignant “Janis,” Charlotta Kerbs and The Strays’ ever-unique brand of contemporary pop adopts yet another stylish manner of sound design and melodic progression, blending aspects of Pop, Soul, and Singer-Songwriter and outright entertaining production.
“Janis” is a classic pop ballad in the making, progressing from simplicity, a spacious and identifiable presentation, to the full-throttle, exuberant marching band vibe of a massive orchestration.
Throughout, the intensity and energy level increase. Though the leading voice remains consistent for the most part, expressive yet smooth and faithful to its aims, the music’s build-up ultimately contributes to a total sense of possibility, of uplifting and encouraging beauty.
The song grows along with its own majestic method of melodic development and poetic insight in a gently compelling approach, driving with a blissfully soothing, quietly raspy yet upfront and clean-cut vocal line.
The track rises from simple to sensational while holding close to an underlying sentiment and level of character that consistently impresses. A bunch of complexities weaves their way into the blending, enhancing its warm glow but never carrying anything away from that prominent figure’s natural soul and passion.
Brilliant work, a radio-ready hit, and a piece of music we’ll most likely hear a lot more of in the upcoming weeks and months.