Keelie Walker can’t wait another three months for the summer season to start, and in her new music video for the song “Girls Night,” she’s rounding up her friends for a throwback to the lively July parties we haven’t been able to really appreciate since the conclusion of the 2010s. “Girls Night” is a party track no matter which way you’re looking at it, but where a lot of similarly-stylized singles would be one-dimensional in their focus on heating up the dancefloor, you’d be hard-pressed to describe this song as being anything but multilayered and highly communicative.
The synthesized components of Walker’s latest release don’t necessarily come off as being any less genuine than an organic setup might have, but I will say there’s never anything in this mix that aches with the honest emotion her actual voice does. She’s really putting her heart out there for the audience, more through the tonal presence of her singing than the actual words she’s crooning to us, and I don’t think you have to be particularly big on pop songwriting to understand the amount of discipline required of her in this specific performance. Challenging yourself is the only way to evolve, and it’s something she’s clearly not afraid to do.
Though Walker’s singing is the main reason “Girls Night” rocks as hard as it does, the music video for the song takes her star-quality attitude to the next level. She’s so confident in her moves here, joining lyrics to visuals seamlessly and without having to get too crazy with the props in the video. The structure is admittedly a familiar one, and indeed it could have been broken up with a bit more of the experimentalism brought into the composition itself, but it magnifies the talents of its leading player just fine.
I really want to see Keelie Walker live at some point, and once you have a chance to examine her recent developments as an artist in “Girls Night,” I think you’re going to share my sentiments. Of all the up and comers in her peer group, she’s definitely one of the most approachable in the underground pop movement of present, and unless her rivals are able to step up their game considerably in the next nine months, I think she could easily become a contender for some yearend breakthrough awards.