By Adam Benson
Sunny Dunes, aka 31 year-old French producer Kira Perov, conjures feelings of loss and rebirth in this spring lullaby, sporting a title indicative of the song’s theme. “Patience (Waiting for the Summer)” pulls the listener away from all surrounding chaos and commands relaxation. It’s yoga sans stretching. It’s meditation without ohms.
It begins with waves crashing on a shore, progressively getting louder and louder until sunken under the augmenting singing of a French female singer. The singing loops and repeats as if it was the waves itself. Completely surrounding, environmental, and isolated with a feeling of yearning serving as the base, “Patience” is stripped yet thick, repetitive but purposeful. It’s all kept together with single gentle piano notes and that’s it; and it’s enough. The echoing sounds keep everything together as the song begins to faintly float away leaving the listener alone but comfortable. Kira Perov conducts an abstract, beautiful and reflective feeling of waiting for something more. There is a beauty in patience.
Hear more at the Sunny Dunes Bandcamp.
by Adam Benson
“Go Ego” begins with playful, two-stepping guitar notes, which lead into some heavy digital beatwork from Broken Social Scene drummer Justin Peroff. The beats roll along smoothly, affixed with a variation of synths from the Stills’ Liam O’Neil. But what keeps the song from simply becoming another synth-jacked, beat-driven bore is fellow Still Dave Hamilton’s crisp, refreshing voice, providing something you can actually hear, understand and sing to. Anytime you can sing along with a song’s “ooooing” chorus and actually not hate yourself, you’re either in denial or the “ooooing” actually works. The “ooooing” works here. As a companion to "Scissors", “Go Ego” is indicative of what to expect April 12th, when the collaborative band drops their self-titled debut album: a dreamy landscape with that popular 80’s synth throughout. But as presented here, the layering of sounds is what will give the album its best taste.
This song isn’t grandiose or low-key; it dances in the middle. It sways. Its guitar work recalls both the ever so popular Pixies song “Where is My Mind” and the theme from Suspiria. Don’t be scared, though — just aware. This band has a lot to give.
From the Go Ego 7” single; out now via Arts & Crafts.