SONG REVIEW: Kennedy Shaw's "Boys"

 

Emphatic piano chords introduce you to “Boys” the newest single from Kennedy Shaw. A steady, muted beat fades in to accompany the melody. From the first verse, it’s clear Kennedy desires something more from her relationships—grievances pile up, culminating in her realization that “boys can’t handle” her. Crooning backing vocals reinforce this, acting as a foil to her rather breathy and unemotional tone. (Perhaps the emotional backing vocals represent her true underlying feelings about past relationships).

This is one of those tracks that makes you thankful for stereo audio—you definitely want both earbuds in for this one. The masterful mixing (from producer Bob Bowling) makes it feel like the drum beat is revolving around your head, and luscious synths combine to create a truly aesthetically pleasing sound.