R&B/pop hooks are easy to remember and sing along with, by design. So, it’s interesting when a hook comes along that is complicated and difficult to mimic, yet so infectious that people still want to belt it out, with no regard to how horrible and off-key they sound. Think Beyonce’s “Love on Top”— one can barely stop at a traffic light these days without being subjected to someone struggling to match B’s every octave change. So, it’s a testament to the powers of newcomer Elle Varner that she has already, at this stage in her career, created a single with a challenging, high-octave hook that folks can’t seem to stop singing.
“Refill,” which is on the 23-year-old L.A. native’s major label debut, “Perfectly Imperfect,” is a mix of country fiddlin’, impressive vocal runs and slick R&B production that comes together really well. The single (which is about feeling drunk on emotion, not actual alcohol, FYI) has been out for a while, but suddenly, tons of people are walking around screaming out its chorus (”Can I get a Reeee-filllllll?”), and failing to hit all of the high notes Varner nails with ease.