Every once in a while some new music will come along that seems to sprout straight from the earth, effortlessly and naturally. Such is the case for the Australian singer Línger’s latest EP Tuple. With ethereal vocal harmonies and expertly crafted electronic production from fellow Sydney artist Xavier Dunn, the EP showcases soundscapes inspired by the elements of our natural world and our lives in it.
It’s not easy to create music that is simultaneously mellow and accessible yet urgent and sophisticated. Línger and Dunn blend these normally exclusive elements with graceful ease. Their music is suitable for a laid back, relaxed listen and also for a head-nodding affair with their catchy hooks. Every note is carefully placed and the rises and falls in energy throughout each song come at just the right moments.
The songs on Tuple also effectively offer a unified sonic aesthetic while containing varying styles within that framework. While tracks like the opener “Avoid” are more restrained and heady in their production, there is also “Seaway,” which lies directly within the pop realm, albeit with Línger and Dunn’s original touch. The final song on the EP “Downfall” presents another change in style, being more of a ballad, with minimal production and subdued delivery.
One of the more musically adventurous songs on Tuple is “Earthlike,” with its dramatic contrast between the verse and chorus material. The smooth verses lull us into a false sense of expectation before giving way to the explosive, almost dubstep-like instrumental choruses. Dunn also keeps things interesting by varying the second chorus by dropping out certain instruments and altering others. It all works together to reaffirm the duo’s feeling of exciting unpredictability.
In “Flyon,” we get a small insight into the emotional world of Línger. Over a lush, straight ahead production from Dunn, she sings about being left by a lover. While the partner seems to “linger on,” showing possible regret for leaving, Línger leaves no room for reconciliation, reminding that person, “I told you fly on.”
Tuple is the kind of release that makes the audience feel like there’s nothing else like it out there. With Línger’s alluring, transcendent vocals and harmonies, combined with Dunn’s beautifully tenacious productions, the EP is unapologetically original, even when compared with like-minded artists. Based on the confidence and strong delivery put on display here, Línger will certainly be an artist to watch in the future.
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