ELMA returns to remind us there is still love in this world and shares hers with an ode to her musical inspirations such as Erykah Badu, Daniel Caesar and Frank Ocean.
The Swedish songstress (aka Matilda Gratte) holds her candle aloft for ’90s R&B with the retro-influenced – I Can Tell (U Wanna Hold Me). The embraceable R&B single is exquisitely produced with soothing harmonies only a warm bubble bath could equal.
If love songs of today broadly explore awakening and the empowerment of self-love, then the 90s R&B sought romantic engagements and the untangling of love’s puzzles as heard in songs such as; Waterfalls – TLC, Don’t Leave Me – Blackstreet or Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder) – Maxwell. Elma does the genre justice with a ballad of parallelled loving quality.
Elma’s lyrics of arm opening comfort are delivered through her art of gentle persuasiveness and alluring charm.
Swedens’ golden generation of soul and R&B queens continue to shine.
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