Melanie Valentine – VHS Tape (Review)

After taking a 4 year hiatus from her local Australian music scene to become a parent, Melanie Valentine returns with the wonderful pop number ‘VHS Tape’. Influenced by the likes of 80s/90s cartoons, Madonna, Britney Spears, Kim Wilde and Robyn to name a few, the synth-pop songwriter confronts issues that needs to be heard in the latest single. Recorded with Jeremy Drakeford at Spectrum Sound in Melbourne, the studio helped transform the DIY demo into what it is now. Mixed and mastered by Nicholas at Panorama Mixing and mastering, the single is a sickly sweet take on love. 

VHS tape is all about confronting issues that drive you mad in a relationship and being the one who makes the brave move and addresses it to get some closure and either work things out or go separate ways.” You can definitely hear Melanie’s influences in the track, but there’s levels of originality in Melanie’s vocals. Sticking to a normal pop arrangement, it’s Melanie’s tone that gives the track that extra flavour that it needed. Nostalgic and making us feel we’ve been transporting back in time, the single still feels present with a glistening production. 

Score: 3/5


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