Romance is in the air this February, and turning up the thermostat with her rich vocal is none other than rookie sensation Raquel Kiaraa, whose debut single and music video “Love to the Moon” is raising quite a few eyebrows on either side of the northern border this season. Kiaraa’s voice is a cross between roaring 20s jazz crooner, 40s vocal pop temptress and 2000s indie throwback queen, and when this combination takes a spin on the agile machine that is the slow-churning beat in “Love to the Moon,” what happens next is powerful enough to get anyone in the mood for melodic unwinding.

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Though it’s pretty obvious that this singer/songwriter fashions herself after players from another time, I don’t think there’s anything recycled about her actual sound. The aesthetics are retrospective and friendlier with the simple side of pop than they are anything in a universe where synthesizers and samples are the standard ingredients in a recipe for success, but I don’t think this makes her a novelty in the least.

Contrarily, her quirks are accompanied by a really focused lyrical style that is wholly millennial, alluding to a greater passion with the pen she’s only slightly depending on in this virgin release.

Producing the first song in an entire discography is always difficult and often a high pressure situation for the artist in the studio – being that, in most circumstances, this is a do-or-die moment for the career you’re just now starting to get off of the ground – but you’d never know as much simply by listening to Raquel Kiaraa in “Love to the Moon.” She’s a confident singer who doesn’t want to blend in with the other underground pop songstresses stylizing their aesthetic with a Ronnie the Bren Gun Girl-type of attitude, and I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing what she does next.

Sebastian Cole