With influences stretching from Raveena to Silk Sonic, and a sound and energy that prompts comparisons to artists including Parcels, Tom Misch and Vulfpeck, Sydney’s Melita is automatically coming through as a fresh name to keep an eye on.
Her vocals for one, are like the smoothest of butter, wrapping the listener up in a rich embrace. And with her new single, ‘Crystal Logic’, Melita kicks things up a notch and delivers a single that doubles as not only a beautiful piece of dripped-out soul/funk and R&B, but as a striking statement of intent.
Keeping this process a family affair, Melita recorded ‘Crystal Logic’ with her brother, Alex Ertler, at their home studios in Sydney, with John Ertler (Renee Geyer, Doug Parkinson, Marty Rhone) mixing & mastering the track. As Melita describes, the song brought out a different side of her artistry.
“The song title ‘Crystal Logic’ actually comes from the name of my Dad’s rock band from when he was a teenager. They landed on it by combining a popular ‘70s surf clothing brand, “Crystal Cylinders” and Steely Dan’s album, Pretzel Logic, who are a major musical influence on me too.
“Sonically, I am quite influenced by the ‘70s with this track fusing funk and disco with modern pop elements. After exploring a more mellow, soulful side in previous releases, I wanted to showcase a funkier, dance based side to my writing and production whilst still maintaining a heartfelt approach to my lyricism.
“Thematically, the song delves into the dangers of living a life ruled by other people’s emotions. Ultimately, I wanted the tone of the track to be celebratory as learning to listen to my needs and prioritize myself is something I’m getting better at.”