SINGLE REVIEW: Chris Watts – Over U

After a brief forced hiatus, Chris Watts is back and ready for you to take full attention. The multi talented and independent singer-songwriter has had an impressive career to date with over 3 million streams on Spotify alone, appearances on MTV Brand New, The Today Show and The Morning Show, as well as support slots opening for Elton John and Robbie Williams. Those stats are simply wild, but once you get acquainted with his music then it all makes sense. 

‘Over U’ hears him confidently returning to the spotlight with his first single since 2018’s ‘Signs’, and it’s a BIG ONE! This song finds its pulsating pop-rock production somewhere in-between 5 Seconds Of Summer and Billie Eilish. But on top of that already strong dynamic, he also intertwines a hip-hop element with a similar drum beat to Kanye West’s ‘Black Skinhead’, and the rhythmic force of Post Malone’s back catalogue. 

The distinct contrast of sounds helps make this song so intoxicating and exhilarating. The guitars are sharp, the drums are prominent, and his vocal delivery is simply commanding. Putting a spotlight on his versatile vocal register, he playfully explores the seductive side of the song, as well as the confident and showy side with the use of different production and vocal quirks. 

Lyrically he unravels a unique break-up song that marks the 4 month period of separation where you still find yourself reminiscing on the past and imagining what it would be like to wake up in their bed again. Acting as a wake up call, the pointed song is his reminder that he has to move on and stop thinking about the past because it’s not a healthy thing to do. “I cant get over you, I cant get under you. Got to, got to move on, but I don’t want to” he sings during the pulsating hook. 

‘Over U’ is a song you won’t forget anytime soon. It commands your attention upon the very first listen, and draws you into this dark and brooding world that you will be excitingly wanting to dive further into. With this being the first taste of his forthcoming debut EP slated for a early 2021 release, it’s assumed that there are plenty more solid bangers on the way, and I personally cannot wait!