Au/Ra‘s ‘Concrete Jungle’ starts with the hook and immediacy of any decent pop song, albeit with more edge than you see from many of today’s templated chart stars. Discussing the juxtaposition between her isolated upbringing and that of a person bought up in a large city, you can easily imagine how her musical journey involved a large transition to a bigger life.
Following in the footsteps of recent neu-pop female singers such as Dua Lipa, Au/Ra is carving out a delightfully catchy sound for herself. For a debut single, it sounds matured and relatively open, hopefully paving the way for a diverse set of introductory tracks. Like Lorde, minimalism can often offer more punch than a track which gives away everything up front, and the production has made use of deep, swelling bass lines to give the track some serious prominence.