There are times when you just need to be a bit self-indulgent. It’s raining, you’re hungover, karma isn’t doing you any favors, you’re having one of those “what am I doing with my life?” moments… you just need to lay down and process. The songs we turn to soothe our souls become little musical life rafts. With that said, allow me to introduce you to your newest personal floatation device: Solomon’s Grey’s “Gascarene Sound.”
Slow burning and soaring, “Gascarene Sound” is a six minute adventure. There’s a sense of familiarity about it, as if there’s some secret history between you and the song. It sounds a bit like Bon Iver (without the whining) and a bit like Sigur Ros (without the fake Icelandic gibberish). Perhaps it’s the sense of history comes from three years the Anglo-Aussie electronic duo spent perfecting their sound before signing with Black Butter Records. Either way, there’s a sort of beautiful sadness to the track that makes it all the more intriguing.
The accompanying music video, directed by Thom Undrell, is the perfect match for the song. Haunting images of submerged women glisten in the murky water like emotionally compromised mermaids. Good things come to those who wait; after four minutes the video culminates with a stunning crescendo of light and sound. Simply mesmerizing. Watch it above.
STREAM: Solomon Grey – “Gascarene Sound”