Back in the 80’s you couldn’t turn on the radio without hearing a dynamic power ballad that you would attempt to belt out word for word whilst sounding like a dying cat or sadly look out the car when it’s raining pretending to be in a sad movie. However in the modern era the power ballad hasn’t received much radio air play, but it’s slowly been making a comeback over the past few months with the likes of Olivia Rodrigo and Lewis Capaldi showing the world these tracks have a place in the new music landscape and Tessa Rae is looking to join their ranks. Donning her neon lycra whilst looking back to the synthwave sound, she gives us a full blown 80’s love anthem with a modern contemporary twist.
Featuring invigorating pop hooks and a lyrical emotive flair as she depicts a sweet relationship slowly turning sour as she realises that this is unfortunately the part where she has to say goodbye, Bye Boy is something else. This is one of those tracks that you won’t fully understand until you’ve gone through a raw break-up with her authentic storytelling packing an almighty punch that is further complimented by her emotive vocal and emphatic production that makes the whole journey feel all the more real. She’s a pop star who isn’t afraid to go against the grain.