Electro-pop is a crowded field these days. There's Lorde and Ellie Goulding, La Roux, and Charlix XCX. There are superb independent acts like Glasser, emerging acts on majors like Chvrches, BROODS, and Ryn Weaver, even Katy Perry is dabbling in it. Despite the incredibly close quarters in one of music's most popular subgenres, however, there's always room for something with the potential to be great.
Enter Stalking Gia, a NYC-based electro-pop wunderkind making tunes that bottle the euphoria of dance music and repackage them as pop confections. She has a sweet, measured voice that portions out each note carefully and deliberately. Her latest, "War Paint", channels power pop ballad vibes without trudging through the emotionally weary depths.
If "War Paint" is a single than the Soft Glas remix is its B-side; the two complement each other perfectly. They are two halves to a whole. The Soft Glas version reinterprets the original's power as an instrument for its explosive synth breaks. Gia remains the main attraction, but the sonic scenery is different carrying an entirely different energy.
The "War Paint" visuals feature Gia as the centerpiece placing her both in a shroud of darkness and in the middle of various elements of a landscape. It transitions from night to day and back to night again as the song builds and shifts. It's relatively safe to say the NYC singer-songwriter has a very bright future in front of her no matter who's in the field.
Watch Stalking Gia's "War Paint" above, check out her cover of Nick Jonas' "Jealous" below, and be on the lookout for more from this emerging talent.
"War Paint" (Soft Glas Remix)
- February 13, 2014