Portuguese Electro-Pop Trio Vaarwell Release Dreamy New EP
Last month, we were entranced by Vaarwell’s latest single, “Money.” Just having heard that one song alone, we were drawn to what will surely be an impressive career for the Portuguese electro-pop trio. A few weeks ago, the band released their new EP, Early Rise, a whirlwind of a collection that features four dreamy gems.
“Early Rise is the result of a new sound that was found whilst touring. We explored the use of electronic elements as the base of our production — something that was relatively new to us — whilst looking for detail and depth in all the songs that we wrote,” Vaarwell tells The Music Mermaid. “The EP’s [title] was chosen thinking of the ‘early bird gets the worm’ train of thought which we feel represents our increased motivation during this creative process.”
Early Rise opens with “Deep,” a dynamic introduction to the dark, wispy style of electronica that Vaarwell do so well. Warbling plumes of synth and smacks of percussion start slow beneath soft vocals before the arrangement devolves into more emotive territory. It moves through waves of calm and chaos, both at their subtlest points, making for an intriguing sonic experience. On “Hate To See You Go,” a new tone enters the vocals — still steady but flavored by a more obvious tremor — while cool guitar riffs and clouded dance beats fight in the distance.
“Young” nestles into the halfway point of Early Rise, blooming with the quirky trill of synth. Sweet vocal delivery leads the piece before getting lost in a swampy soundscape of punchy indie rhythms. There’s no end to details here, so many little sounds clicking and chicking in every direction. The EP ends with “Money,” Vaarwell’s killer single, a gloomy dirge pulsing with core-deep tenderness. It’s the most mesmeric of the record, so it delivers a fitting, if not also funereal, end.
Early Rise comes and goes far too soon, but each one of the four tracks presented here is a morsel of dizzying, dazzling electro-pop talent. Vaarwell have turned the lights out on dance music — we’re stumbling in the dark now but every once in a while they send a flare hurtling up to burst in the sky.