Friday, January 24, 2020

Xo - "Le Coeur"

Following a minimalist intro - a kick and snare drum pattern drenched in reverb, soft vocals sung in French, and wispy, whirling synth pads - "Le Coeur" blooms into something altogether tender and beautiful. Each element, from the acoustic guitar strums to the wavering tremolo leads and piano melodies, sounds delicate and wistful, as if the notes themselves are wary of strain. Meanwhile, the timbre of the vocals is as soothing as it is melancholic. The result is intimate and heartfelt, and, despite the language barrier, the delightful music speaks volumes: it is as dreamy as it is enchanting.

"Le Coeur" is the eighth song on Passe Muraille.

Xo - "Le Coeur" (Soundcloud)
Xo - "Le Coeur" (Bandcamp)
Xo - Passe Muraille (Bandcamp)

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Savage Sister - "phantomvision"

Though the rest of Savage Sister's album, Speechless, includes full-band instrumentation, embracing a more traditional dream pop sound, "phantomvision" serves as its ambient intro, content to drift along in an airy breeze. The track is dense, steeped in layers of washed-out chords and obscured vocal phrasings, with equal glimpses of a shimmering light shining through the waves as well as hints of a dark, brooding undertow. It's short, sweet, and effectively sets the tone for the tracks that follow.

"phantomvision" is the first song on Speechless.

Savage Sister - "phantomvision" (Soundcloud)
Savage Sister - Speechless (Soundcloud)

A Sugar Punch - "Fuck"

Though the composition is minimalistic, A Sugar Punch's "Fuck" is a lush and meditative track of electronica pop, guided by soft, gliding synth melodies, warm pads, and a thumping sine wave sub bass. It's a lovely piece, unfolding before the listener as it progresses, each layer complementing the others in a blissful harmony. The subtle touches, such as the chimes around the 0:45 mark, help round out the track's beauty. Although the title and sample (1:44) may be intended to cause an intentionally jarring contrast, they unfortunately detract from the track's otherwise serene nature. Regardless, a sparkling piece not only worth listening to, but one which warrants revisiting.

A Sugar Punch - "Fuck" (Soundcloud)