A gentle beat frames a muted, moaning melody as we listen to the first couple of bars in “Aether,” the new single and music video from Faizan featuring none other than the melodic stylings of Amadeus. There’s a hesitant emotional wallop just waiting to come undone here, but it’s not yet mature enough for us to access it in the first portion of the song – we’ll have to let the players dig deeper and the rhythm grow stronger, as only then will we be able to appreciate the full scope of their kinetic energy in this performance.
As we get into the midsection of “Aether,” the violins become tense and uncomfortable in the enclosed space created by the percussion, slowly but surely pressing against the beat and spilling over into the once-dark and cold corners of the master mix. Some keys find their way into the fold and lightly pepper the front of the track with a harmony that is as cathartic as it is unsure of itself. There’s a myriad of feelings combusting and forming fireworks here, and as we get closer to the climax of the song, it becomes quite that mood was the main focus of both Faizan and Amadeus the same in this collaboration.
“Aether” comes to an end with a lot more intensity than it starts us off with, but its conclusion doesn’t reek of excesses common among the surreal instrumentals celebrated by millennial audiences regularly in 2020. Faizan’s steady beat and the glowing harmonies of Amadeus fuse together to give us a compositionally minimalistic and yet sonically robust piece in this new single and its music video unlike any I’ve personally had the chance to review in 2020, and if you haven’t already given it a spin this September, I would recommend doing so the next time you’re browsing for provocative new sounds.
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