There’s nothing better than some groovy indie house that covers the spectrum of romance and Xains’ debut single does just that. It’s the sonic equivalent of thinking about a current relationship and all of the passion it entails, boiling it all down into one powerful phrase: “you really set me off”. There’s a sexual connotation there, sure, but it also considers how another human can activate impassioned actions and emotions that others in our life simply couldn’t spur – one person is out there who can truly flip the switch, the one person we spend our lives searching for.
“Set Me Off” feels like a whispered conversation in bed at 4am, a brisk walk through downtown late at night, a drive up the coast, all with the love of your life by your side. All of those things are great with a friend or a hookup or a partner, but when imagined with a soulmate they become way more impactful as they strengthen the bond between hearts and minds. All that being said, it’s amazing how many mental images can stem from a gorgeous song and a visual compliment that’s so simple, a single flame soaked in red. If Xains is able to invoke so many thoughts and feelings on his first single, I can’t wait to see what story and sound he explores next.
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