Estella Dawn – Parting (Spotify)

It's sad to watch the slow train wreck of a relationship ending. Everything seems forced. But someone needs to make a decision, painful or not, so everyone can move on. Just let me go. Piano ballad with lush vocals and atmospheric arrangement. Written, Co-produced and Performed by Estella

Few words about Estella:
Estella is a New Zealand born, Colorado based singer-songwriter. At 23 her work speaks with maturity and confidence. Her songs are a mixture of pop, neo-soul and rock, delivered with an open hearted honesty. While her songs bring you close, her voice never lets you go, Estella sings with the melodic command, subtlety and range that spans genres from Billie Holiday to Billie Eilish.

We are about half way into 2020 and on track to delivering a full length LP, by the end of the year. So far so good. From the Neo-Soul vibes of "Cadmium Yellow" (released in January), the "burn the town down" dynamics of "Hallow" to the attitude heavy anthemic rock of "I Dare You", due out on June 4th, Estella has been flat out.

Not that the last 2+ years weren’t productive. With the release of her EP “Dancing Girls” at the beginning of 2018, and another 8 singles delivered by the end of 2019, Estella has been constantly working. These are well crafted songs with multiple layers, both vocally and musically.

The story starts with Estella singing original songs from the booster seat in the back of her parents car growing up in New Zealand (true, ask her mother). From a young age she glides into songwriting, piano, guitar, music production and recording (piano under the watchful eye of a fierce octogenarian!!) So really Estella has been a musician all her life, like her father and grandfather before her (Andy McGee, lead singer of Desert Road and Max Winnie, Wellington musical icon, respectively) Whether it has been for personal entertainment or crisis management she has music in her; her head, her hands, her heart. Now there is a richness and depth in her voice that has comes from years of hard work and constant singing.

Estella fuses her powerhouse vocals, story like arrangements and diversity of style into music that is unique, honest and intimate.

Reviewed by Nagamag on July 12, 2020