Salina Killa’s influential reign comes from the generation of TikTok-ers, where the 22-year-old has built a steady following from makeup, dance, and lip sync videos. Taking to a more musical medium, Killa’s first taste as an artist came four months ago with “Done 4 The Night” which sparked interest for those who do not use the video sharing platform.
Now on Killa’s second single “Permit to Cry,” which features Emmy Hartman, and is produced by Hanzo and Grandma, the artist finds a nostalgic, dream-pop soundscape to explore. Originally from Okinawa, Japan, the St. Louis transplant has utilized the platform to creatively tease new singles and build towards a promising music career– which seems to evolve from the Soundcloud bedroom pop days.
The track itself is an immediate pastel dream that sulks in the cadence of Killa’s vocals and the lounge production. Acting as the soundtrack for numb grief, through its ethereal masking, there are moments of feared anticipation. It is very reminiscent of softer alternative-pop cuts of the ’90s and relies on its slow burning delivery. The gentleness of the track softens the hook and reinstates a firm sense of control though. Deeper electronic timed bursts ground the higher register and works well with the artist’s vocals and direction.
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