- Jennifer Janz
IRIS - Don't Wait Up
New Zealand based music artist Iris has just released the follow-up to her enormously successful track Lay with You.
The new single sits alongside Iris’ previous releases nicely, solidifying her catalogue of impressive dance-pop tracks.
Don’t Wait Up is another genre-mixing track, toying with elements of pop, dance, and R&B with a seductive, confident yet unifying blend of positivity and nuanced finesse. As Iris has said about Don’t Wait Up, ‘I feel like the temperature of the world definitely could benefit from some uplifting music.
All and all, Don’t Wait Up is really about living in the moment, doing things for you. Don’t wait on anybody or for the ‘right’ moment to live your life the way you want it.’
Don’t Wait Up utilises elaborate vocal parts, rhythmic inventiveness, and a melodic accessibility to sustain a universal mood and ultimately, a transcendent dance-pop experience. Produced by Charles Lutman and Iris Dunn, and mixed by Tyler Scott, the new track will appease Iris’ followers and no doubt attract many new ones.
‘‘ Filled with pristine effects and anchored by an irresistible groove, the song features a chorus that’s deceptively simple and direct; but it’s the kind of hook that doesn’t let go.
An enhanced keyboard and synth motif make way for a stripped back chorus followed by a full version that segues into the sparse verses, with Iris delivering strong melodic lines with deft clarity. Filled with pristine effects and anchored by an irresistible groove, the song features a chorus that’s deceptively simple and direct; but it’s the kind of hook that doesn’t let go.
As well as utilising a Latin-flavoured feel cloaked in a dance aesthetic, the track is crowned by a shimmering production and Iris’ bare lyric that sets a strident tone. As Iris tells us, ‘I’m just living for the music, for the moment.’
This sentiment is dynamically conveyed throughout the song, revealing the track’s focus; a narrative that sets out a sense of abandon, a sense of freedom which is reflected effectively via Iris’ performance and the production.
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