Track of the Day: Mel Fine – Alone Together

With bright neon hair, superb lyrical stylings and an outstanding vocal range, US-based Mel Fine is captivating, to say the least. Influenced by the likes of Etta James and Joni Mitchell, Fine’s intimacy and soul shines through in their sound. As part of the soul/pop duo Support Group, Fine already has a strong following with their music; however, it is this new solo project that brings them to the fore. Already performing at notable venues like Hard Rock Café, receiving the 2021 Performance Division Award by the Berklee College of Music, and even being placed on the ballot of the 64th Grammy Awards for Song of the Year, they already have serious street cred.

Following their well-received track ‘In Between’, Fine’s sophomore single ‘Alone Together’ is a fusion of contemporary pop and old-school soul. Unlike the softer, smoother ‘In Between’, the new single has an upbeat tone in its melodic arrangement. Oddly enough, while the track is toe-tapping with a catchy pop vibe, it is stripped-back revealing a sense of melancholy. Moreover, Fine’s soprano seems to enhance a sense of fragility in the song.

Written as a “quarantine crush confession”, ‘Alone Together’ has a vibrancy that enhances the joviality of the track, but still inserts vulnerability. With swift rises and falls in their vocal execution, Fine’s dulcet tones take you on a journey through the highs and lows of being in love. Using a personal narrative, they bring a brutal honesty of love that “won’t fade despite the distance between them” – something many people can relate to during these uncertain times. Intense intimacy fuse with sincere sentimentality in this heartfelt song.

So, what is my overall opinion of ‘Alone Together’? Basically, I love it. The non-binary artist (for what they do is artistry) has won my heart and I cannot wait to see what else they have up their sleeve.

For more from Mel Fine check out their official website, Facebook, Instagram and Spotify.

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