“Can’t Be Me” by See How is one of those spoken pop songs that manages to feel unendingly cool. As counterintuitive as it sounds, sometimes it’s easier to make singing sound natural in a piece of music (rather than speaking). This sort of vocal performance takes immense confidence, rhythmic integrity, and a natural sense of tone. Without these things, the song becomes corny, but with them, it’s a memorable, exciting, lyric-forward track imbued with this unforgettable, iconic ambiance.
“I’ve been ok / Have you been fine? / I don’t miss you / I’m so ice cold,” the vocalist chimes over a few synth hits. Her raspy, warm timbre gives us a sense of personality and charm. As the song continues, new instrumental layers pile in, like crisp electronic drums and even more melodic synth lines. A lower-pitched double often lives beneath the singer’s lead vocal, giving it a bit more body and power. The only real vocal melody appears during this wonderfully textural interlude. A pitched, tuned vocal sample weaves in and out of the various other instruments, gliding over these gymnastic, soulful runs. Eventually, the song ends with a pithy snare hit and one last recitation of the hook.
For all of the pop music aficionados, here’s a song you’ll doubtlessly remember and very likely cherish. See How brings us poise, self-possession, and undeniable talent. If you’d like to hear more from this masterful artist, follow them on your choice of social media platform or streaming service! You’ll be glad you did.
Written by Alyce Lindberg
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