Enjolee’s “Forever Man”
Refreshingly focused and not devoid of the natural lush tones that I would expect to hear out of a far more seasoned player, singer Enjolee makes a smashing debut in “Forever Man” that is led almost solely by her potent lead vocal. No matter how difficult the bar she reaches for in this performance, it would appear that nothing is outside of her grasp as a crooner when she’s straddling the grooves in this track, which despite sounding like the work of a veteran pop singer is, in fact, her very first release. She’s got the moxie of a musician who knows exactly what kind of artistry she wants to form for herself, and judging from the ambitiousness of this virgin effort, she isn’t about to slow down for anything.
One of the first things I noticed about “Forever Man” was the boldness of its vocal harmonies, which isn’t entirely credited to the God-given skills Enjolee is making the most of here. There’s something to be said about the quality of the mix, which puts her voice above the instrumental substance almost as a means of tying everything together. She’s as much the cherry on top of the sundae in this piece as she is the actual soul of the narrative embodied in a singer bolding the microphone, and to have accomplished something as rooted in duality as this is right out of the gate, you just know she’s able to do just about anything she sets her mind to.
There’s definitely an old school R&B feel to a lot of these verses, but I appreciate Enjolee not trying to emulate any of her influences off the bat in this single. She could have gone in with her best impression of a ‘60s soul singer and likely found an audience with this song, but by giving it just the right contemporary kick via her execution, any notions of calling her a throwback artist of any kind go right out the window. This is a player who has a story to tell in the here and now, and though this might not be the case for all of the rookies dropping singles in 2021, it’s something I detected about her the first time I listened to “Forever Man.”
A little retro and a whole lot of stylish, Enjolee’s debut isn’t something that will land her career in the clearance bin long before it ever has the chance to take flight – truthfully, I have a feeling it’s going to elevate her exposure level quite exponentially this summer. There’s been a hunger for new and exciting talent in pop and progressive R&B in the past two years, but rather than supporting the aggressive trends many of her closest rivals would, Enjolee is taking things a bit easier with her modus operandi in “Forever Man” and sounding like a true G in the process. You can’t put a price on the charm she has here, and once you hear the track yourself, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.