by Ayanna Jacobs-El
When I first heard of the Electropop duo Enta Tenta, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I was intrigued by their unique name and vibrant style, and knew that I definitely needed to attend their Caf Show to find out more about them. The duo is made up of Contemporary Writing and Production seniors Rachel Alix from Fremont, New Hampshire and Bailey Chapman from Austin, Texas. Rachel is the lead vocalist and Bailey is the guitarist and Ableton Push connoisseur. Both Rachel and Bailey co-produce and write original songs for Enta Tenta. I was curious about the origin of their fun and playful band name and Rachel informed me that it was actually the name of an imaginary friend from her childhood.
Enta Tenta opened their set with a cover of Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna’s “Your Love.” Along with the steady thumping pulse of the kick drum, Bailey added his own distinctive EDM production elements while Rachel belted out the emotional and introspective lyrics with sincerity and grace. Towards the end of the song, Rachel began to add real-time vocal effects and layering to her voice using the TC Helicon Voicelive Touch 2, which brought up the intensity and drive of the intense lyrical statement, “nothing compares to your love.”
At the end of the first song, everyone in the audience was hooked and eagerly anticipating what was to come. Visually, there was always something colorful to look at, from Rachel’s shiny jumpsuit and magenta hair to Bailey’s bejeweled baseball cap and gold sneakers; all set in with the glow from the Ableton Push and ever changing lights of the Caf. The duo slowed things down with an alluring cover of Liane La Havas’s “Wonderful,” which allowed Rachel’s voice to angelically float over Bailey’s mellow electric guitar lines.
Following these two strong opening songs, Enta Tenta introduced their first original song of the night and my favorite song from their set, entitled “You’ve Got Me”. For this song, they invited Gareth Wong on keyboard and Tamara Herrera, Jace Payackapan, and Tony Ni Evans on background vocals to join them on stage. I was getting serious Kimbra “Settle Down” vibes from Rachel’s singing and live looping. Rachel showed off her wide vocal Range on this song and I loved the quirky, percussion filled production.
The set continued with entertaining and eclectic song selections that included a modernized, yet still very 80s sounding cover of “I Can’t Go For That” by Hall & Oates, Skott’s “Lack of Emotion,” and a cover one of my personal favorites, Sylvan Esso’s “Hey Mami.”
During the second half of Enta Tenta’s performance, they featured more of their original songs, some of which they were performing for the very first time. A particularly cute moment in the show was when Bailey sang a song he wrote entitled “I’m Bleeding” and Rachel alternated between singing along with him and playing the vocoder parts for him on the keyboard. The audience could clearly sense their connection and happiness conveyed in their performance of this song.
The final song of the night was an original that was upbeat and auto-tune filled, titled “Robot.” It featured Rachel and the background vocalists doing amusing robot motions while singing and the audience danced along to the pumping beat. The drop in “Robot” featured a prominent growling synth and more exaggerated Robot dancing from everyone on stage. It was a great way to end a fantastic set and it definitely left me wanting to hear more from Enta Tenta.
Enta Tenta is definitely a group you will want to keep your eye on. Their musical variety, superb production, and catchy lyrics have the ability to appeal to the masses while keeping a fresh and original sound. The duo will be coming out with an EP this summer, so be sure to follow their Facebook page to stay updated on all of their shows and to be the first to know their EP release date.
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