"Your Design" by Grace Mitchell // Your Design - Single (2014)
This is one of those instances where you hear a song without any knowledge of who’s responsible, and then when you find out - you’re even more impressed. The opening moments of “Your Design” unfolds with a hushed electronic pulse just beneath a whispered vocal, and it’s immediately engaging in it’s simplicity, but it’s just a beat - maybe thirty seconds, before the pieces start to shift alive. Louder, confident, focused and before you can settle in, it takes another leap up and out, and just like that the song launches into a powerhouse, widescreen, electro-pop anthem that is the perfect delivery method for the astounding vocals of a sure-fire star in the making, Grace Mitchell. Of course, there’s always a hook, and this song has a wonderful one that will be stuck in your head for days. Once you come down from the audio high of listening to “Your Design” a couple dozen times, stop to take a moment to process that the pop beauty is the work of a 16 year old girl from Portland, not some globe trotting pop icon (at least not yet). It’s a remarkably confident and powerful introduction to the world at large and if there is any level of fairness, this girl will be the next big thing before the year is out. It’s a fantastic track from a stunning new voice.