Exclusive: Singer-Songwriter Ciarra Fragale Returns With Sweet Pop Single "Ultimate Lover"
Last month, we introduced you to the quiet sweetness of New York singer-songwriter Ciarra Fragale. Today, we're so happy to exclusively premiere her brand new single, "Ultimate Lover," especially because it's an expert departure from her typical quiet folk sound. In fact, Ciarra told us that the new single is "a song about empowerment and knowing your worth. This is me calling people out on their bullshit and being okay with speaking up," so we already know she's going to dabble in volume and power like never before.
"Ultimate Lover" opens with the groovy thump of percussion before the abrupt arrival of humming strums kick in, followed by Ciarra's voice emphatically claiming, "I know what's good for me." Already, we get a sense of her newfound strength. Her vocals are strained here -- not at all in a bad way, but in such a way that really forces her tone to mature and vary -- adopting a new power when it needs to, but still sweet and steady. Throughout the track, the arrangement experiments with the jarring rhythmic slaps of 80s-tinged percussion and vibrant guitar lines buzzing beneath. Each element pulses continuously for nearly four minutes, never faltering in instrumental camarderie, but there's still so much flavor and newness. It's certainly not your typical pop singalong, but it's definitely better. Ciarra's voice is at its best and most confident, holding its own during the track and echoing in a soft trail by the very end. There's an upbeat urgency here, begging listeners to get in on all the fun. Built on an addictive rhythm line and a poised sense of profundity in its songwriting, "Ultimate Lover" is a zesty indie-pop anthem of self-empowerment, suited perfectly for Ciarra's voice alone.
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