RATING: 8.5 / 10
Genre: Indie Pop
Songwriting: 9 | Music: 8.5 | Vocals: 8
Location: Weehawken, NJ
For fans of: Regina Spektor, Sixpence None the Richer, Sarah McLaghlan
Indie pop artists these days come a dime a dozen. While they are easy to find on the internet, very few are like New Jersey native, Chloe Baker – aka Bitters Kiss, a young singer-songwriter whose passion for music can clearly be heard in her song choices. On her newest release, Love Won’t Make You Cry, Chloe focuses on the trials and tribulations of a teenage girl from the suburbs who is coming into her own as a woman. Comparable to great singer-songwriters like Sarah McLaghlan and Regina Spektor, I feel that Bitters Kiss is the next big thing in indie pop music; and her 150k+ followers and coveted blue check mark on both Twitter and Facebook help to back up my claim that people feel the same.
Love Won’t Make You Cry is an insightful compilation of songs that are introspective, insightful, and conscious of the world we live in. For example, her single “The Rope”, which explores the suicide of a close relative who grew up in a very religious environment. It’s a sad, but real story that people are dealing with everyday in the world, so I’m very glad Chloe was unafraid to delve into the situation and bravely speak about something so personal. But this is what great artists do; they explore subject matter that most people would avoid. I like the song and truly appreciate the video (below).
In addition to “The Rope”, tracks like “Waste Of It All” and “No One Will” ties the project together nicely, leaving the listener with a renewed perspective on indie pop music. Love Won’t Make You Cry is a great demonstration of just how amazing Chloe’s vocal talents are, and just how thoughtful she is when it comes to crafting lyrics. Musically, the project puts Bitters Kiss into the upper echelon of singer-songwriters under 20 years old, and if I had to guess I’d say that Chloe has a real shot at becoming a global success before she hits her mid-twenties. Be sure to keep an eye on this rising young artist so you’re not jumping on the bandwagon later.