The latest single from Gizelle Smith represents a unique combination of R&B and funk, but the singer doesn’t shy away from experimenting with pop and rock stylings. With her impressive yet restrainedly candid voice, laced with a combination of coolness and sensitivity that’s near impossible to mimic, Gizelle communicates authenticity, a completely fraught concept and one absolutely central to her art. In many ways, this release is a testament to Gizelle’s musical growth, personal freedom and maturity.
When songwriters talk about life-altering experiences, they often do so in exaggerated tones. But Gizelle’s songs don’t come off overstated, they are grounded and relatable. “Better Remember (They’re Controlling You),” addresses social conditioning with a beautifully honest approach whilst on the b-side, "Miss World" takes on the difficult topic of the global climate crisis with a heartfelt and relatable tone.
Viewed in the context of her evolving sound, this single is more of a logical continuation of Gizelle’s music, not a radical departure from her background in soul and funk. For connoisseurs of Aretha Franklin or Lyn Collins, there’s still plenty to love here, as long as you’re allowing Gizelle to take you with her on her new path. “I have such a plethora of beautiful influences, I just want to channel and express myself in any musical way I want, across musical landscapes that I choose,” she explains.
The single is lifted from superb Gizelle Smith's 2021 album, 'Revealing'.