by Thomas Bedward January 19, 2020
An expressive trip-hop and alt. rock duo from Oslo, Norway, Temperature Falls have a penchant for blending a diverse range of influences into a unified and wonderfully layered sound. Spurred on by the likes of Bjork, Portishead, and Pearl Jam, the duo’s sound is built on classic styles and lavish atmospherics, pushing the boundaries to make a sound that is both wonderfully familiar and bravely uniquely. After the release of their eponymous debut album in 2019, the band are back in the spotlight, promising a new EP and a landmark new single.
The second single to be taken from the new EP, ‘Solace’ arrives on a textured and involving string of solitary tones, cloaking minimalist beats in a soft static wave. It’s an intriguing and melancholic start that draws the listener in, laying a solid foundation for the kaleidoscope of melodies and styles that is soon to follow. As Camilla’s vocals emerge amidst a wave of high-tempo percussion, the song splits into two distinct styles, forcing the solitary opening tones to fight against a rising trip-hop energy.
It’s a split musical personality that only reconciles itself in the chorus, pushing forward with a unified and wonderfully neo-soul style. Infused with electronic vibrancy and unshakeable pop energy, it’s the choruses that make ‘Solace’ a triumph, offering clarity and clean lines in an otherwise blurry composition.
There is something special in the cleaner moments of ‘Solace’, something inherent to Temperature Falls’ sound and creative spirit. Pushing the boundaries and fusing multiple styles into a unique and captivating vision, the duo have been able to craft an intriguing if imbalanced new single that will undoubtedly build anticipation for things to come in the full EP.
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