Nina Luna, ‘Keep Me’ | Track Review
NYC-based indie pop artist Nina Luna compels on her self-described ‘sultry, bittersweet, slow-jam for the dog days of summer,’ “Keep Me.”
“Keep me up all night, baby / And all I ever need is you.” Ah, love, a familiar topic that fuels music of every genre, and never grows ole. Nina Luna, an indie pop artist based in New York City, explores the plight of love on her stunning single, “Keep Me,” which she wrote, recorded, produced, and mixed by herself. How sick is that? She describes “Keep Me” as a “sultry, bittersweet slow-jam for the dog days of summer, perfect for fans of Lorde, Billie Eilish and Lykke Li.”
So, let’s recap. Nina Luna is a do-it-all musician who also totally understands her niche in the music industry? If that alone doesn’t prove she’s “in it to win it,” then what does? She doesn’t need further validation, but it’s my honor to provide it because “Keep Me” is a truly beautiful song that caught my ear the first time I heard it. The rest of the world should feel the same way hearing this gifted singer/songwriter.
Eschewing an instrumental introduction, Nina Luna sings moodily at the onset of “Keep Me,” expressing her adverse feelings towards love. “‘Cause I don’t wanna fall in love again / I don’t wanna hold on to some faded sentiment / When all that’s left is tears in the end / No, I don’t wanna fall in love again.” Ah, there’s the bitter. Clearly, she’s been disappointed and hurt by love in the past (relatable to all), and she authentically expresses the fact she doesn’t want that experience again. Fair enough, interestingly, in the next section, the key shifts from minor to major, and perhaps this is where the ‘-sweet’ comes into play: “Keep me up all night, baby / Baby / Everything you say is true…” Excellent contrast.
That’s merely the pre-chorus and chorus sections of the record. Luna provides more details about her experience with love on the verses. The production is incredibly tasteful – slick, yet spare – allowing plenty of space for Luna to paint with her colorful, nuanced pipes. The pad (synthesizer) and the beat shine brightly. Harmonically, it’s relatively simple as well, and like the effective, atmospheric, moody backdrop, it’s incredibly effective. Most of all, Luna is terrific vocally, singing in her middle register on the verses, while dipping into her falsetto on the chorus.
Ah, there’s nothing more to say than EXCELLENT to the nth degree. All in all, Nina Luna thrills on “Keep Me.” She does a fantastic job of wearing all the hats when it comes to the song’s conception. She has a stunning voice and the tale she imparts regarding love is highly relatable.
Nina Luna • Keep Me – Single • 571975 Records DK • Release: 7.13.18
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