Synth-Pop Cutie, Souvenir, Breaks Down New Ballad "IDWLY (I Don't Wanna Love You)"
Raised in Cape Cod, educated in Miami, and now based in Brooklyn, Michael Fenuccio isn’t exactly hiding in the shadows. The shadows don’t even exist for him — he sees, breathes, is color, in all its glory. Teaming up with his buddy Andrew Novoa to launch a synth-pop project called Souvenir, Michael’s putting out neon dance ballads dripping in emotion.
A few weeks ago, Souvenir released his latest single, “IDWLY.” For those of us not keeping up with the cool kids, that’s “I Don’t Wanna Love You.” The title alone suggests major feels coming up, but because Souvenir lessens the impact by using an acronym, we know the meat of the track is destined to be veiled by vulnerability. We asked Michael to tell us a little about the track, knowing it’s a tear-jerker and heartstring-puller coming from the depths of love-and-loss... you know, that thing we all relate to in some way or another. Hear what he had to say below.
“IDWLY” opens with a synth crescendo blooming from the distance before Michael’s steady vocals come in, moving from a strong croon to an aching falsetto throughout the rest of the track. Fizzy snaps of organic percussion offer a punchy element to the fishbowl-like sound (deep throbs swimming far beneath the surface) before the arrangement picks up as the hook hits.
Resignedly admitting, “I don’t wanna love you / But I’m hanging on for you,” Michael moves through the sonic space he’s built. Neon bursts of synth treatment erupt from left to right, the percussion builds in urgency, new hints of shimmering dance-pop elements emerge. The best moments of “IDWLY” are when the rhythm section drops out for tender vocal reflection followed by the abrupt (but spectacular) swell of jangling synth-pop goodness, waves of electronica showering a bittersweet narrative in color, glorious color!