It goes without saying that it’s a good time to be a Canadian musician, or even just a Canadian for that matter. Over the years, plenty of Canadians have left their indelible mark on the music scene, and things are only looking up for the Great White North. Alessia Cara, the country’s latest export, was born and bred in Brampton, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto, where she began writing and recording Top 40 covers when she caught the eye of EP Entertainment and Def Jam Recordings, who subsequently signed her. After her deal was set in stone, Cara was thrown into the studio with Pop & Oak and Sebastian Kole, at which point “Here” was born.
The three-and-a-half-minute pop anthem finds the 18 year-old coast over a nimble, slow-rocking beat, as she confesses her distaste for the party scene. Everyone of her simple yet meaningful lines is sung with confidence and purpose, every sentiment driven from experience. You can hear it in her voice and see it in her lyrics: this girl is fed up with your shit. Problem is, she’ll be frequenting plenty more parties in the future if she keeps it up.