Fusion and synergy are two words that often get used when it comes to art, but they’re both only applicable in a limited range of cases. Chenna’s latest song, “Want To,” embodies these artistic concepts and gives us all a glimpse of what music could be without genre barriers and what sound will be like in a future of unrestrained artistic freedom. Of course, all of this is delivered with Chenna’s characteristic panache and style, from the opening with its haunting echoes and desolate soundscape that gradually builds into a plea, argument, and acceptance of the ups and downs of passion.
Naturally, passion is often reserved for romance and RNB/reggae songs focusing on a relationship with another person but, more often than not, we forget about the relationship we have with ourselves. Our inner demons, our dreams, nightmares, hopes, and aspirations – all of these things come through in who we are and shape how we navigate the world and interact with it. Atlanta’s new artist Chenna’s “Want To,” available now on YouTube, Spotify, Deezer, and Apple Music, puts this spirit at its core. Ostensibly talking about love and the obsessions that can come with it, the song delves deeper into the subconscious and explores love as a motivating concept, a force that propels the world forward, and one that compels the artist to make, create and share with us.
The vibe of the song is quintessential RNB with reggae beat elements to it. The production, overall, hews closely to this side of the track while delving a little into electronica and modern styles. Overall, the soundscape is spartan and manicured, forcing the listener to hone in on the elements of the song and underlying key moments in the lyrics. Speaking of, the lyrics tell a story that is both universal and at the same deeply personal for Chenna. The listener is drawn into a world that is both dangerously hidden and open to the public at the same time; it is as if the song is showing us the two sides of love, the public and the private, and giving us the tension between them in sound. From the timbre of his voice to the way the melody meshes with his vocals, Chenna knows that the song represents an artistic embodiment of the unconscious mind and the structure reflects that.
Interlaced with questions, and some answers that lead to only more questions, “Want To” also delineates how difficult it can be for a modern lover or RNB/reggae artist to convey in sound and words the intangibles of the heart and soul. Chenna does this, and quite masterfully, with a beat, lyrics, and delivery that is like sonic ASMR mixed with music from the future. Already breaking down boundaries between genres and liberally blending them for a complete whole, Chenna’s latest track “Want To” is a sonic symphony of hidden emotions and desires wrapped in a tight modern production that begs to be listened to over and over again.