In this review, I’ll be exploring ‘Call Me Marilyn,’ the debut studio endeavor from Naïka, an independent singer, and songwriter based out of Miami, Florida. The artist has previously been lauded for her songwriting ability in the John Lennon Foundation Scholarship program, and she has accumulated hundreds of thousands of viewers on YouTube. Thus, is ‘Call Me Marilyn’ a single worth having in one’s music collection? Let’s delve deep into it and find out!
‘Call Me Marilyn’ balances several musical styles in a truly elegant way. The track is a ‘pop’ song at its core, but it boasts a remarkably impressive production and Naïka’s performance is chock-full of soul influence. It’s even a tad jazzy as if a stripped down version of the song would be perfectly at home in a dimly lit, smoky bar in the early hours of the morning. There’s a beautiful nostalgia-infused into ‘Call Me Marilyn,’ which is, of course, largely due to Naïka pulling influence from the persona of Marilyn Monroe.
“I’ll be your silver screen dream,” Naïka croons on the track above a massive production of orchestral intensity and thick beats. The final minute of the track is absolutely explosive, offering one of the most anthemic musical excursions thus far this year in the indie scene. Naïka’s voice is absolutely gorgeous; it’s a voice I’d love to hear in a variety of genres. One would hope that she explores that later in her career.
I could see other critics digging deep into the lyricism of ‘Call Me Marilyn’ and noting that it seems to put song’s main character, a woman, in an “ideal” light for men. “It’s your birthday Mr. President, baby, I won’t put up a fight,” Naïka sings in a track that also includes lines like “I can be anything you want to see, a cinema, I’m the one you need – the fantasy…” The track never actually explores what this woman truly feels or thinks; it’s just about her submitting herself to whatever the man’s desires may be.
Again, I could see a more analytical social critic critiquing this song for that. In truth, I think it’s just simply a love ballad: men have written them about women, and thus, women can write them about men, too. The performance on behalf of Naïka is captivating; she’s a remarkable talent that owes it to herself to explore a bevy of styles. She’s the kind of vocalist that could most certainly bridge gaps across genres. ‘Call Me Marilyn’ is well worth a listen.
Naïka’s “Call Me Marilyn” Track Credits
Written by: Roland Spreckley and Rachel Siegel
Produced by: Jason Strong
Mixing and Mastering: Andrei Fossari
Artwork: Sofia Olarra