In one moment, Giadora’s new single “One Last Thing” is the picture of a perfect hipster folk anthem; in the next, it’s a synth-powered slow jam, designed with the bones of a club track but delivered unto us with a surreal softness not common of such content. To put it as simply as possible, “One Last Thing” isn’t the kind of pop single that comes to us as easily categorized as some of the mainstream material you’re going to hear on the FM dial in the year 2020. There’s a mysteriousness to Giadora’s artistic persona that bleeds into her music without fail, and although she’s far from being the only young indie player worth keeping a close eye on this season, she asserts herself as one of the brightest new voices in her scene in this third official studio recording. She doesn’t have anything to hide from the audience here – if anything, there’s a desire to be heard and unmasked in this track that I hadn’t picked up on in her first two singles, both of which are just as intimate in tone. 


The strings in this song are a big source of emotionality from beginning to end, and I think it’s fairly obvious – even to the untrained ear – that they’re being plucked away by actual fingers rather than sampled from some computer-generated recording on the board. There’s been such an enormous spike in inauthenticity among underground and major label songwriters the same in the last couple of years, mostly in adherence to a pseudo-postmodernist movement that hasn’t found any stability with audiences outside of the United States; none of that, however, has influence over what Giadora has constructed for us here.

Her chorus performance dabbles in a few familiar indie pop cosmetics, but the bottom line is that nothing in “One Last Thing” sounds even remotely recycled (the exact opposite, if I’m to be perfectly honest). This is a simple composition from a lyrical perspective, with the lead vocal providing all of the color we need to appreciate the depth of each and every verse, thus requiring none of the robotic faceting typical among some of the similarly-stylized singles I’ve listened to lately. 


If this track is giving us a good idea as to who Giadora is and, perhaps even more importantly, who she wants to be as a professional recording artist, I think she’s going to find her way into the hearts of audiences around the globe a lot sooner than some of her competition in the industry would prefer. She’s done remarkably well with the  half-whispered melodies she’s shared in the content she’s recorded so far in her career, and for her next project, I think she should consider recording something a little louder and perhaps more sonically brash. She has a versatile skillset you can tell is just begging to be exploited more than it already has been, and if given the right tools to do so, I think Giadora could take the sound of “One Last Thing” and bring it to a stadium-sized venue with little difficulty. 

Garth Thomas