Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio today, we’ve been listening to the latest single from L.A. artist, Juliet Callahan. Depth of Soul was released on April 7, 2023 and is inspired by the artist’s own journey, and her choice to follow her dreams as a musician. Depth of Soul has a positive message of hope which Callahan hopes will inspire her listeners to follow their own dreams and stay true to themselves. In her words, “The only time one ‘fails’ is 100% of the time that they don’t try.” A great ethos, and one we can really get behind. We loved the lyric;
“I'll reach for the stars, call me crazy Your mistake was to underestimate me.”
Depth of Soul starts with filtered drums and keys sounds that gently fade into the full EQ spectrum. The song has a slightly ominous feel at this point and made us all sit slow-nodding along to its intoxicating rhythms.
When the vocals come in they are breathy and intimate with plenty of modern production techniques. The voice is endearing and skilfully delivered. As the song progresses, there are moments of multi-layered voices – even an almost A Capella section at one point.
We love the swirling keys and the broken down verse that build up into huge choruses with crunching guitars. This is a great mix of electronic and rock, and is reminiscent of the style of The Beaches, who are popular in Canada at the moment.
There is superb separation between sections; the verses and choruses are very different but without a jarring change between them – blending effortlessly into each other. This is a truly dynamic soundscape for the listener, and the song washes over you comfortably without any lack of interest at any point.
A double chorus brings the song to a close, with some extra solo guitar over the final chorus, before leading out into some gentle keys and a sudden stinger ending on drums.
This track is a great radio-friendly length and because of the crossover between indie rock/emo/electronic, it has huge potential for commercial air play. We’d strongly suggested Callahan reaches out to college and internet radio in her region in the first instance.
Ideas from our ears
A hi-pass filter around 40Hz would remove some unnecessary low end rumble. The fuller chorus parts sound great and are well mixed. The intro and verse parts may benefit from a wide cut centred around 55Hz to reduce some resonant ‘boominess’ as well as a more precise cut at 140Hz to control a slight peak coming from the snare sound. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.
Juliet Callahan’s latest single, Depth of Soul, has a powerful and inspirational message, backed up by some enticing vocals and dark and foreboding instrumentation. Recommended!