DISCLAIMER: This review may be biased due to the fact that I am deeply in love with the subject.
BORNS, the ever-ethereal artist behind groovy and charming titles such as “Electric Love,” “10,000 Emerald Pools,” and “The Emotion,” has once again emerged from hibernation to bless the musical world with new melodious poetry. His premier album, Dopamine, was released in 2015 and is the musical equivalent of a bubble bath (to all of our readers who have never listened to Dopamine and are unable to comprehend this comparison, visit his Spotify immediately). Peaking at number 6 on the Billboard Adult Alternative Charts, “Electric Love” gained BORNS some recognition and introduced the psychedelic/indie pop scene to his simultaneously feminine but honey-smooth voice. His two-year-long musical drought has finally come to an end, as two new and distinct singles, “Faded Heart” and “Sweet Dreams,” have rained down upon us all with nostalgic indulgence.
“Faded Heart” was introduced during the peak of summer, a fitting time considering the upbeat and retro vibes that the track exudes. The song perfectly captures a feeling of euphoric desperation towards the uncertainty of both life and love. It faces the universe head-on and questions self-existence as well as loneliness’ purpose. These dark and layered topics are effortlessly paired with BORNS’ dreamy and dynamic voice, adding to the complexity of the song. “Faded Heart” is the type of song that you want to belt at the top of your lungs while driving up the Pacific Coast Highway – windows rolled down and salty air filling each lyric.
A lamentation over unrequited love, “Sweet Dreams” has already been warmly received by fans since its release last Thursday. Its melancholic and disheartened lyrics are accompanied by BORNS’ wistful voice and a bassline that is almost Black Keys-esque (See their track “Everlasting Light”). “Sweet Dreams” is definitely the La Croix of the two singles (stay with me here); It has a subtle and sophisticated feeling to it, ultimately leaving the listener with a bitter aftertaste.
Judging solely from the two singles released, there is a lot of promise for BORNS’ upcoming album (set to be released early 2018). It seems that he is straying somewhat from the sensual, glamorized perspective of romance that is prevalent in Dopamine. This album appears to already be more focused on heartache and introspection, which is a fresh direction for BORNS. It is thrilling to be able to witness his musical evolution first-hand, and I encourage you – the reader – to keep an eye on him in the next few months. I am certain that 2018 will be a big year for him.
By: Sarah Dirckx