Melody Federer is an exciting new name in the pop music scene, though she’s been around for longer than you may realize. The Texas-born singer-songwriter has worked penning songs for artists as diverse as P!nk, Michael Buble and Burt Bacharach. She’s now launched her own career as a solo artist, releasing singles like “This Town” in March, building up to the release of a new EP titled Wonder Years. Today we’re excited to premiere the latest single from the rising pop talent, the EP’s title track “Wonder Years.”
The song’s opening offers an instant look into Federer’s Texas influences, with a twangy acoustic-electric guitar strumming out chords while a pokey riff accompanies it. Federer’s voice enters the mix after a few bars, showcasing her ability to craft honey-sweet melodies with her dreamy, slightly-twangy delivery. The track was produced by Thomas Doeve, mixed by TJ Elias and mastered by Steve Fallone. While Federer generally falls under the category of a pop singer songwriter, she describes her music as genre agnostic, able to fit in a variety of influences into a seamless package.
The song has a yearning quality to the subject matter, with Federer singing lines like “Well you’re staring out the window / I watch you while you drive / Wonder bout whatever you’re keeping inside.”
“This song is about the ‘wondering’ in a relationship,” said Federer. “You’re wondering if they’re still in love with you. You’re wondering what the future holds. It’s the wondering that starts when the initial dreamlike high is over and the two of you are walking that tightrope between the beginning of a love when everything is dreamlike and perfect and secure and the relationship’s unknown future. The rope’s starting to shake and you’re wondering if you’re gonna fall or make it to the other side. And if you fall, you’re wondering if that person is gonna reach out and grab you? It’s also about the nostalgia for the beginning of the relationship and the deep yearning to get that feeling of connection back. Change is natural. But we all seem to want the high to last forever, myself included. This song, for me, is about wondering if you’re gonna be able to survive the changing landscape of your partnership.”