REVIEW: “internet bby” by Caravella is smooth retro fun
If you go on Caravella’s Spotify page, you’ll see right away that they brand themselves as “indie/dream bedroom pop.” Being a relatively new band (only formed at the end of 2019), they still need to rely on these qualifiers to attract would-be listeners. That being said, it’s almost funny to see them labeled as such, given that the band advances past those categories so easily with their two streaming singles.
“Bedroom pop” is loosely what I assumed I would get with their new single “internet bby,” but it culminates into so much more. Despite its oh-so-contemporary all-lower-case title, “internet bby” feels more like a throwback to 70s soft funk and yacht rock than straight bedroom pop, with a guitar solo that feels straight out of a Japanese city pop song. With a strutting guitar line and galloping bass to carry it along, it buries itself into your brain by the end of the first listen alone. As a lover of cheesy retro sounding pop music, I’ve been hooked.
Though it has the chill grooviness of any other bedroom pop track you’d find on Soundcloud, “internet bby” is ultimately set apart by its structure. Two-minute meandering soul-funk-synthwave tracks have taken over streaming and while, yes, this song kind of sounds like those in theory, it has distinct verses and refrains and even a full-blown guitar solo. I didn’t realize how much I missed hearing songs in this genre until this track. While it can be nice to take in a short vibe-y idea of a track while surfing streaming services, a well-composed song can be incredibly refreshing and “internet bby” is no exception. Not to mention, it has a fade-out that actually works and benefits the energy of the track. Well done, lads.
If you’re interested in checking out more from Caravella, their first single “Welcome to Europa” has more fun guitar licks and lyrics about miscommunication in love. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for what they have coming down the pipeline.
McKinzie Smith is a former film student from Portland, OR. In her adolescence, she followed Fall Out Boy up and down the West Coast. She now considers herself very cool and normal and only a little bit emo. She now spends most of her time listening to Charli XCX in her kitchen and writing articles about things she likes.