Journey Through Time #3 – Alessia Cara’s ‘Here’

Back in August, I featured Here by Alessia Cara in the eighth edition of Fresh Music Roundup, and what a journey through time this song has had. The sleeper hit has scorched airways worldwide as well as granting Cara with her first US top ten hit AND album, Know-it-All. The song paved the way for a phenomenal 2015 for Cara as it stood out from the rest of the tracks on radio at the time and created its own lane between contemporary and retro.

The track samples two tracks; Ike’s Rap 2 by Isaac Hayes

and Glory Box by Portishead.

I think it gets its soul from the first and its angst from the latter. Glory Box definitely does make me feel uncomfortable for some reason. I don’t know if it’s the repeated chords or the style of singing or both but it does make me cringe a bit.

Another song which comes to mind when I hear Here is Feeling Good by Nina Simone. The brash brass is forbidding and impending adding to the song’s menacing character, creating a masterpiece.

With these three songs as inspirations it is no wonder why Here struck a chord with people and I’m sure it will be Here for many years to come.


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