Hailing from Little Rock, Arkansas, singer-songwriter August Rayne continues to make an impact in the underground music industry with her latest single “I.L.Y (I Like You)”. Growing up singing in the church choir, August developed a passion for music at a young age, and her vocal abilities reflect the influences of R&B legends. With a sound that channels the likes of Brandy and H.E.R., August Rayne’s latest track brings back the seductive soul of 90s R&B, while infusing it with a modern twist.
August Rayne’s confident singing style is on full display in “I.L.Y (I Like You)”. She never overreaches or pushes beyond what’s necessary for the song, letting the understated production elevate without dominating her vocals. This creates a unique style that’s all her own.
From the first note to the last, “I.L.Y (I Like You)” is a testament to August Rayne’s talent and artistry. Her ability to blend the intimate and the universal, the old and the new, while staying true to her roots, is what sets her apart from other artists in the R&B genre. In a world where music is constantly evolving and changing, August Rayne is a refreshing reminder of the power of traditional R&B.
“I.L.Y (I Like You)” unravels the intricate themes of desire and caution. She describes the will to surrender yourself to someday, while retaining the fear of rejection, and the subsequent pain of flawed choices in love. “I like you, I do. But I don’t want to tell the truth. Don’t want to be rejected by you,” sings August Rayne.
Her voice delivers a sweet honeycomb silkiness that intoxicates the senses. “Deep down I really want love, but the fear in me pushes it down. I don’t want you near me, don’t need you around. Cause I’ll fall, risk it all…”
The production, a smooth instrumental infused with wavy synths, pianos and thumping percussion, is perfectly fitting. August Rayne’s vocals are wonderful throughout, providing a heartfelt chorus that highlights the laser sharp nuances of her delivery. August steers her own vocal vehicle, and she’s in cool, composed command, showing the mastery of her skillset slowly and assertively.
“I.L.Y (I Like You)” is another remarkably elegant record from such an ambitious musician. The song once again signals August Rayne’s ability to conjure not just a mood but a whole world within a song. Her verses glow like embers as they deal with the ravages of emotional uncertainty. August’s vivid lyrics and flexible vocal range speak directly to the heart, while sustaining her languid style
With her latest single, she proves that R&B is still very much alive and well, and that there’s a place for it in the modern music landscape. Overall, August Rayne’s “I.L.Y” (I Like You) is a must-listen for anyone who loves R&B, old or new.
It’s a track that will transport you back to the golden age of the genre, while also keeping you firmly rooted in the present. Keep an eye out for August Rayne, as she’s definitely an artist to watch in the coming years.