It’s hard breaking into the modern pop scene with the immense amount of talent there is in the genre at the moment, but with the voice she brings with her into “My First Love,” Waterofelegance shows that the challenge is anything but impossible to meet – if anything, it’s just reserved for those who take this medium more seriously than the average artist does. For her performance, Waterofelegance utilizes a rather hesitant demeanor that influences the lyrical narrative beautifully, ensuring her audience that she knows exactly what she’s talking about and, moreover, has something deeply personal she wants to share with these words.
The beat here is pretty lean and mean, but it’s not devoid of a charm that only a solid R&B groove is able to supply. Contrarily, it’s staying out of our singer’s way in a bold manner that still gives the lyrics a decent footing, which is a lot more difficult to do than it might sound on paper. Waterofelegance’s lead vocal is the most indulgent element to behold in all of the song, and its decadent qualities are unquestionably reason enough to give this single and its companion video a peek before this season of high minimalism has come to a conclusion.
Over the top where others refuse to let the soul of the music run wild, Waterofelegance’s present sound is something she needs to keep experimenting with, but the framework in “My First Love” needs to stay without debate. There’s still a lot of ground she has left to cover as both a lyricist and a singer, but from what she’s able to present us with in this relatively simple performance, Waterofelegance makes it clear to her listeners that this is just the beginning of her story – and the best is still yet to come.