Alena – 9am “a go-to single for escapism”

Before you consider the age of the performer and songwriter here, 9am is a gentle and enjoyable song with an easy going and joyful vibe that inspires a calm sort of head-space for the listener. Not only this, the whole thing progresses in a structurally mature and knowledgeable way – the ambiance is smooth at first, and though this mood is maintained, things evolve into much more detail and swagger later on in the track. This comes through via the additional instrumentation, the change in vocal style – the introduction of a more notable personality, a touch of realness. It’s a simple yet really memorable song and the more times you listen to it, the more you tend to appreciate it and recognize it as a go-to single for escapism.

Taking all of this into account, to then consider that Alena was just 11 years old when she wrote and recorded this track, is to realise just how exciting it is – and how much more great music there is likely to be in store from the artist over the coming years. The sound is something like alternative pop with a touch of a retro dance vibe in terms of the synths chosen and the additional samples and effects that intermittently come into play. For the most part, your attention is on the leading voice, the lyrics, the concept. Every now and then though, you really notice these clever little details, all of which work hard to build a unique and colourful release.

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The song connects with you in a simple way, relying upon the strength of the melody and the songwriting, rather than screaming out for your attention in some other, less enjoyable manner. It’s a great song and loaded with character and appeal.

By Rebecca Cullen

Rebecca is a Musician and writer from Manchester, UK, with an MA in Song Writing.