Portuguese Electro-Pop Trio Vaarwell Mesmerize With "Money"
For a couple of years now, Portuguese dark-pop trio Vaarwell have satiated fans with a string of dreamy releases. They’re not quite like anything we’ve heard before — there’s a darkness to every track, like they dip their instruments in shadows before they play, sending trails of ghosts out into the ether with every note. If you’re listening to Vaarwell, chances are you’ve been plummeted into a world of slow-burning angst and intensity.
On their newest single “Money,” the trio do what they do best by crafting a mesmeric electro-pop power ballad.
“Money” opens with a gloomy interlude on keys before wailing vocals come in followed by a fleeting percussive shimmer, each element quietly slinking into place until suddenly the composition has filled out and become drowsy with its slow-jam rhythms and dreamy vocals. “Money” is actually a quick song — barely here before it’s gone — but it’s so rich with sonic detail that we’re not missing anything once it ends. There’s something real tender about it; there’s an almost palpable ache resounding in layers of dark thumps and desperate cries. We feel twinges of heartache pulsing along in electric zig-zags. “Money” is a case of hypnosis in all its sublime unease.
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