My name is
Francis Baptiste.
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Michaela Slinger – Flux

Written Tuesday, September 24

This song feels like reading a diary entry from a very intelligent and thoughtful artist who’s going through some serious life changes. Slinger’s voice is delicate. Her voice floats through the verses like a leaf on the breeze. And the lyrics are so relatable to anyone who’s been through a stage in their life when they weren’t sure what was going to come next.

It’s clear from this single that Slinger is a talented songwriter. The verse flows perfectly into a pre-chorus, and the chorus delivers the hooks right on cue. A good pre-chorus can really elevate a pop song, and here Slinger nails it perfectly.

Bruce Springsteen is quoted as saying “The verses are the blues, the chorus is the gospel.” It’s a saying songwriters often refer to and it’s definitely applicable to this track. There’s nothing I love more than a good verse, but it needs that simple and catchy chorus to hold the song together. A good transition between the two really makes a song shine. All of that is present here.

On top of that, there’s something bare and vulnerable about the vocal delivery on this track. All the production bells and whistles are there, as we’d expect from a modern pop song, but the character and personality that Slinger carries in her voice makes it human. She sounds like a real person, which is often the missing ingredient from mainstream music.

If this is a taste of things to come I can’t wait to see what she’ll release next.

Listen to Flux here:


My name is Francis Baptiste. I'm an Indigenous singer/songwriter in Vancouver, BC, an avid supporter of the Vancouver music scene, a contributing writer to Citrus Magazine, Permanent Rain Press, Music Existence, City Soundcheck, and the leader of the band Bird Parade. I'm also a recovering alcoholic and a divorced single father. Music and writing help me combat depression and relapse. For me, creativity, productivity, and community are essential to healing. There's so much incredible music in this city. You can learn more about the music I make on this page. I think it's good to be open about what you're dealing with, so below are some funny pictures of me from the last time I relapsed. It's important to find humour in dark times.

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