With influences stretching from Raveena to Silk Sonic, and a sound and energy that prompts comparisons to artists including Parcels, Tom Misch and Vulfpeck, Sydney’s Melita is automatically coming through as a fresh name to keep an eye on.
Her vocals for one, are like the smoothest of butter, wrapping the listener up in a rich embrace. And with her new single, ‘Crystal Logic’, Melita kicks things up a notch and delivers a single that doubles as not only a beautiful piece of dripped-out soul/funk and R&B, but as a striking statement of intent.
Keeping this process a family affair, Melita recorded ‘Crystal Logic’ with her brother, Alex Ertler, at their home studios in Sydney, with John Ertler (Renee Geyer, Doug Parkinson, Marty Rhone) mixing & mastering the track.. As Melita describes, the song brought out a different side of her artistry.
“The song title ‘Crystal Logic’ actually comes from the name of my Dad’s rock band from when he was a teenager. They landed on it by combining a popular ‘70s surf clothing brand, “Crystal Cylinders” and Steely Dan’s album, Pretzel Logic, who are a major musical influence on me too.
Sonically, I am quite influenced by the ‘70s with this track fusing funk and disco with modern pop elements. After exploring a more mellow, soulful side in previous releases, I wanted to showcase a funkier, dance based side to my writing and production whilst still maintaining a heartfelt approach to my lyricism.
Thematically, the song delves into the dangers of living a life ruled by other people’s emotions. Ultimately, I wanted the tone of the track to be celebratory as learning to listen to my needs and prioritize myself is something I’m getting better at.” Melita
Alongside the release of ‘Crystal Logic’, Melita has also shared news of her long-awaited debut EP ‘Hearticulate’. Written in her bedroom, as an outlet to understand her feelings & ultimately herself, the EP is defined by the songwriting & production skills of herself & her brother Alex Ertler.
The two siblings grew up on 70s soul, funk & rock, using those influences to create ‘Hearticulate’. The EP brings Melita’s iconic vocals across 5 tracks, backed by lush soul, R&B & funk rhythms.
“This EP is a collection of songs that navigates through defining moments and realizations during my late teenhood to early adulthood. Themes of confusion, growth and matters of the heart litter these songs which were all written on my bedroom piano and recorded with my brother. I felt that “Hearticulate” was such a perfect term to encapsulate what this debut body of work is to me. I’ve always used songwriting as a tool for self-discovery – a way to sift through complex emotions and reveal illuminating truths.” Melita
Melita has become a fixture on the Sydney R&B and soul scene, delivering two great singles in 2022 in ‘Delusional’ and ‘Hearticulate’ – two tracks that began capturing attention with crowds and local industry.
With the release of ‘Crystal Logic’, Melita stands to bring more new fans into the fold – on the basis of the bass lines alone in this song, it’s impossible not to fall in love with the music on the table!
MELITA’S ‘HEARTICULATE’ RELEASE SHOW
Fri June 16th The Red Rattler Sydney
w/ Kosher Groove & Ellen Mara