Our latest quick roundup of tunes features some old favourites – and also a big emphasis on mood and atmosphere. With the ongoing Covid dramas, it’s nice to fall back into music that allows us time to pause and reflect.
WEB RUMOURS – New Wave Heartache
Perth-based song writer/producer Em Burrows has unleashed a captivating new song ahead of the release of a new album. ‘New Wave Heartache’ makes good use of arrangement in its combo of organic and electronic instrumentation.
Lyrically, the song started as a riff on the German phrase “alt romantisch” (old romantic). “It’s about being an “old” romantic in a “new” world” comments Burrows, “that idea of a dreamer grappling with the realities of modern life.”.
At times suggesting OMD meets Austra, ‘New Wave Heartache’ is a bittersweet contemplative tune. Warm synths mesh with guitar alongside some shrewd sax fills, with the end result delivering a wistful number matched by Burrows’ considerable vocal talents.
HUGUENOT – Sidewalk Sale
If there’s a man that’s mastered the twilight moods of contemporary America, it’s Huguenot.
‘Sidewalk Sale’ drips with an immersive dreamlike vibe. There’s a lush electronic beauty to this outing that recalls the magical pop soundscapes of Sound Of Arrows. Huguenot’s ability to capture intimate moments is impressive, revealing a warm world of secret emotion and passion.
As ever, the production is a slick affair and this number will give you an early summer vibe to take your mind off things.
PLATRONIC – Maybe Someday?
Platronic return with a smoothly conceived synth-pop heart warmer. ‘Maybe Someday’ employs a lush, burbling electronic accompaniment against Kay Burden’s heartfelt vocal delivery. The gentle piano elements and the skittering percussion are combined with some vocoder work, while Burden’s evocative vocal delivery calls to mind hints of Savoy.
‘Maybe Someday’ is also dedicated to supporting the #loveisnottourism initiative. Love Is Not Tourism is a global movement dedicated to reuniting binational couples and families who have been forcibly separated by travel bans and border closures during the Covid-19 pandemic.
That theme lies at the core of Platronic’s new composition, but despite the yearning sadness that the lyrics utilise, there’s also a sense of hope for a post-Covid world.