Beauty Queen – “Sweet Memory”


Developing from dreamy verses into a punchy, effervescent hook, “Sweet Memory” is the fantastic new track from Beauty Queen. The project of Maui-born, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Katie Iannitello, Beauty Queen enlisted the production talents of Tennis’ Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley for this track. It’s an apt choice, as that duo’s grasp of extremely hooky, dreamy and swirling pop is certainly a fit here. The “keep me waiting,” hook exudes yearning via the faultless vocal approach, as the lush synths and jangly guitars combine for memorable effects. “Sweet Memory” begs for the replay button, and shows Beauty Queen as a melodically consuming, aesthetically gripping project.

Beauty Queen explains more about the track below:

“I wrote the first line of ‘Sweet Memory’ during one of my 2.2-mile walking commutes from the ramen restaurant I worked at, to the eight bedroom house I lived in during my time in San Francisco. I couldn’t take the bus because I get motion sickness…so needless to say I got a lot of exercise when I lived there. Walking at night was so peaceful, yet, I did find there to be moments when someone would be striding towards me and I’d wonder…who is this person? Why are they walking? To where? From where? I liked living in a walking city because I got to see a lot of people in their day to day.”

“Sweet Memory” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of February 2020’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Pop.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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