Posted February 10, 2023 by Mike Mineo in Pop

Naia Lika – “Gas Station Bouquet”

Photo Credit: Holy Smoke Photography

Out today from Los Angeles-based artist Naia Lika, “Gas Station Bouquet” shows a suave and soulful pop sound with magnetic vocal work. The “gas station,” hook succeeds with excitable vocal rises, as the lyrics plead to “treat me right tonight,” alongside brassy spurts and funky guitar work. The track achieves a climatic yet debonair feeling throughout, with eclectic tonal moments enamoring — from the quainter “cooking in the kitchen,” enamoring to the charismatic vocal fluctuations within the primary hook.

Coming via an eight-song project, “Gas Station Bouquet” represents the debut single from the 21-year-old artist, who already shows a pop sound that excels with a polished and confident charisma. The track follows a year of tumult for Naia Lika, who embraces positivity and appreciation on this success — highlighting the much-welcome calm following a storm. I’m certainly anticipating what’s next from Naia Lika.

“Creating the song was an impactful moment for me,” the artist explains. “I had just experienced one of the toughest years of my life and it was such a valuable opportunity to actually sit down and write about something positive in my life amidst all the negativity swarming my mind. I don’t think I take enough time to appreciate what I have in my life.”

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of February 2023’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine. Send your music to [email protected].