February 1, 2021
Written By Eric Foreman
Calica & Daniel Loumpouridis set boundaries, encourage reflection on new song “Don’t”.
Miami born and raised singer/songwriter Calica represents youth and discovery in music. A curious soul, she began gaining recognition on tik tok for her genre manipulating covers (even posting her cover of the BENEE hit “Supalonely” on Spotify). After a delightful debut and some solid singles, she – and producer/songwriter Daniel Loumpouridis – return with a new EP “Lens”. Leading the release is the single “Don’t”, a smooth track that encourages the listener to evaluate their take on love and to not undervalue the importance of setting boundaries.
Calica’s music, up to this release, embodies a youthful indie pop sound. Inspired by the likes of Tame Impala, this new EP incorporates more funk, house and soul into the mix. Out of the Kevin Parker playbook, “Don’t” begins with an intro that features a quick guitar lick and a driving beat lush with harmonies. Off the bat, it is clear that Calica is a natural vocal talent who has a way with melody. Her soothing vocals provide a foundation to the track and to her message.
In an interview with Atwood Magazine, Loumpouridis states that “codependency and love are not equivalent, and sometimes it takes a while to realize which one you really have.” This statement underlines challenges inherent to interpersonal connection. The surface pull of attraction can be tempting but can also be destructive. With this song, the duo encourage the listener to reflect and ensure their relationship is enriching and not just enveloping.
The maturity, curiosity and strength evident in this track sets up these young creators for a fruitful future. Being honest with oneself is a difficult task and with “Don’t”, Calica and Daniel Loumpouridis position themselves as a resource to turn to when one needs some clarity on their situation. More than anything, this track encourages honesty, soul and heart when evaluating a relationship, no matter if it is moving fast or slow.