One look at her resume and it’s evident that Janaki Easwar is a prodigy unlike most; and one more listen and you’ll know why. This 13 year old (yes you’re reading that right) who made history by being the youngest contestant on ‘The Voice Australia’, has a knack for making melodies that has led her all the way to the global stage; and she’s shining up there (we’re talking multiple headlining sets at Music festivals around the world and opening for some of the biggest musicians like Atif Aslam).
Her debut single ‘Clown’ is a delicately written pop song that garnered a plethora of accolades and her follow up to it ‘I’ve Been Waiting’ only added to her success. Safe to say, she’s great at what she does; and ‘Bittersweet’ shows it.
A beat driven track with elements of trap, ‘Bittersweet’ is anything but what its name implies. Lyrically it tackles some intense themes regarding internal conflicts and Janaki delivers a vocal performance that is just as intense.
Her influences and hours of practice are evident in how effortless she can perform this track. The command and control she exercises over her voice is nothing short of amazing. The composition and production are of the highest quality; fitting given that this song demands it.
Being Indo-Australian, Janaki has been vocal (pun definitely intended) about the need to stay in touch with her Indian Identity and the proof is in the Tabla Rhythms towards the end of the track. Couple that with a music video of footage from her early childhood, and you have a track that is a a brilliant addition to your playlist; because its definitely a stellar addition to Janaki’s catalogue as she goes on to capture the world with her skills and talent.
You definitely want to keep your eyes open for her music and releases because, if ‘Bittersweet’ is anything go by, then there’s definitely a lot in store for us to be excited about.
Verdict: An display of prodigious musicianship through an exceptionally written, composed and produced track.