Har'Monique Excels on New Single "Oh Lawd"
It’s amazing what can be accomplished in less than three minutes. Any dissidents need only listen to Har’Monique’s new single, “Oh Lawd”, to see how much can be done in less time than it takes most people take to get in and out the bathroom.
The vocalist rides the Kontrabandz produced track with a catchy, reggae infused type patois vacillating somewhere between singing and chatting. Moreover, she does so while cramming in a couple of verses, an extremely catchy hook, and even improvisational-sounding scatting to deliver a pop song worthy of the name.
All of the usual enticements—a bridge, notable chord changes, or even lengthy intros or outros—are eschewed on “Oh Lawd” in favor of a heavy handed bass line (that would do any sound clash justice) guiding the audience and artist alike through the track. The synths are characterized by a wonderfully irrelevant, feel good vibe designed for sensual appeal, while the repeated thudding of the kick anchors the tune in reality.
Har’Monique avails herself of this combination by running through her verses with a frenetic energy that’s sure to infect listeners. Conversely, she kicks back on the chorus with an irrepressible cry of the song’s title—and some inspired melodies that defy lyrics. It’s likely the brightest moment of what amounts to sheer pop bliss, showcasing the songstress in her element at her strongest.
Perhaps just as revealing as the amount of work Har’Monique puts in on this song in so little time is the amount of time it took her to get here. “Oh Lawd” is touted as the artist’s first single in six years, a testament both to her work ethic and the precision involved in crafting such songs.
At present, the Brooklyn by way of Binghamton artist born Monique Fraser is currently working on a self-titled, full length debut skirting across the boundaries of R&B, dancehall, and pop. As of the release of “Oh Lawd” the artist was approximately halfway through the 15-cut opus. If she can match the magic of the work’s first single on the album she’ll find herself in rarified turf, blending genres, styles and sounds unlike few artists before her–and, perhaps even after her, as well.