Tuesday, 30 May 2017


The atmosphere of 'without you' is instantly lovelorn. The gleaming synth chimes, cold and chilly and soaked in reverb resonating into the air of the track, signify distance; and warm sounds, like the continuous rumble of bass beneath it, compelling body and mind with feeling, strong emotion muffling and submerging you; the ghostly disembodied quality of the vocals, layered and in their lavish languor close to your ear; the lyrics, "when she woke up today sun soaking her face listening with tears / something had changed today she'd face her fears." It summons the warmth of human emotion versus the cold cruelty of being denied what you desire, a detached sense of muted-howling loneliness versus hot-breathed intimacy.

Boston duo DAVVN (pronounced 'dawn') combine this feeling with crystal clear pop affectations that allow it to be conveyed in a non-heartbreaking manner, something palatable. So the exquisite flavour of that sentiment rolls along with jostling kinetic energy, ticking hi-hats and tumbling rapid-fire kick-snare combos characterise a compelling beat, and the vocals seem to shiver and soothe at the same time, melodious and melting with the hook specifically and its pitch-shifted repetitions – "you're leaving me here without you" – leaving its silken traces behind in your memory. What an illustration of longing, with its immediacy and beauty painting it bite-sized and delectable.

  • πŸ”” It looks as though this is actually the duo's first ever song to appear on the internet. Keep your eyes on their SoundCloud for more.

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