The contemporary pop world is now, apparently, all about the ‘single’, yet, if one were to trawl back through the years, comb through the history of pop, one would discover that it’s perhaps always been about that three-minute slice of sonic elation, generic connection.
Emerging New Zealand based music artist Iris no doubt is merely acceding to the needs of the current market yet judging by the sound of her latest single, Don’t Wait Up, she is having a blast subscribing to the process. If there is one aspect about Don’t Wait Up that stands out, it’s Iris’ spirited vocal performance, self-assured and convincingly bold, the young singer-songwriter adheres to all the prevailing vocalist tropes yet also adds a few of her own, and does so conclusively.
Don’t Wait Up is a recognizable blend of snappy pop, dance, and R&B styles, kicking off with a double chorus, the first of which is stripped to its core ingredients, while the second exposes the pay-off hook, fully fleshed. The verse melodies do a commendable job of creating an anticipatory mood: we know where we’re going by its developing dynamism, and by the time the chorus arrives, we are well-acquainted.
The lyric’s message is all there, in the title, with its allusion to autonomy and individual freedom. 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 sophisticated vocal parts, sedulous beat programming, and a melodic accessibility to sustain a universal mood and ultimately, a satisfying dance-pop experience.