Ansel Elgort, ‘Supernova’ | Track Review
23-year old actor-musician Ansel Elgort continues to build his case for a musical breakthrough with his enjoyable, sleek, urban-pop single, “Supernova.”
“I’ve been waking up drenched in sweat / All my dreams, full of my regret / I keep hearing what my mother said / Eyes are open, all I see is red.” This is subjective, but, man oh man, do I hope that Ansel Elgort breaks through (as a musician). Elgort has long proven his acting chops in movies like The Fault in Our Stars and Baby Driver, but, he hasn’t experienced a musical breakthrough yet. What’s indisputable is that the 23-year old has a great voice, as showcased on his singles and collaborative efforts to date. Hopefully, “Supernova” propels the young talent to the next level.
There’s plenty to ‘sink your teeth into’ regarding “Supernova.” Starting with the production work, it’s sleek and modern, exemplifying the urban-pop sound. The trap percussion, coupled with minor key synths adds a desirable toughness. Ansel Elgort matches this toughness with emotional, expressive, and honest vocals and lyrics. The aforementioned lyrics, excerpted from the pre-chorus, exemplifies such. Furthermore, Elgort gets salty on the second verse.
“I’ve been, I’ve been so fucked in my head / I’ve been going through phases, I’m just going through phases / Don’t know what this craze is / When’s the last time someone said shit? / Walking through your mazes / When’s the last time someone meant it?”
Again, in reiteration, hopefully, Ansel Elgort earns his musical breakthrough, sooner than later. He has a nice, distinct voice, which is further confirmed by the slick “Supernova.” “Supernova” checks off the boxes for a modern, urban-pop number: production, catchy lyrics, a few swear words… you get the picture.