Ballads should start with a slow crescendo. This rule isn’t written in stone, but everybody accepts it as fact. Well, at least LAYLA does if “Smokestacks” is any indication. The London artist’s latest track has a hazy beginning, but forty seconds in her vocals cut through the fog like a knife. The track’s replay value becomes evident once LAYLA picks things up at the beginning of the chorus. From there she drives “Smokestacks” higher and higher until a crashing, string-backed breakdown. And let’s not forget the subtle touches LAYLA weaves in throughout the song (like that whistle at 0:49), which provide the finishing touches to a truly epic ballad. Stream “Smokestacks” below.
STREAM: Layla – “Smokestacks”