Sophia Danai Spirals Down the Black Hole of Dark-Pop on "WYIL (When You're In Love)"
“There’s some things,
they just can’t teach you,” Sophie Danai resignedly sings, and not without some semblance of hurt. Last month, the Canadian singer-songwriter released “WYIL (When You’re In Love),” a hazy dark-pop track serving as an earnest moment of self-reflection.
“WYIL” opens with a resounding electro warble before fading out to welcome a tender guitar line, these insistent strums layering over and over and over with urgency. Quickly, Sophia’s voice comes in — a soft, soulful croon with a hint of a wobble, wavering in its lush drawl — singing “I took you in / Blood on your skin / Black eye on your face,” already painting a brutal picture we’d be hard-pressed to mistake as love — except that’s the point. Among the desperate onslaught of ceaseless percussive pulses and frantic rhythm line, Sophia’s voice (at times quivering, at others a powerhouse) weaves a tale of blind love, getting real about the moments in our lives when toxicity — often so similar in facade to love’s wild glow — rears its ugly head. The subject matter is heavy, thus the mood is too: a creeping dark-pop arrangement pummels through the soft haze of indie rhythms as if running from Sophia’s own bittersweet reflection. Emphasis on bitter, but sweetened by the song’s ultimate beauty.