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AWAY – Honest To Gød (feat. Charity)

Lowly Palace has a knack for singling out producers with exponential potential, one of the most obvious being AWAY. I’ve been obsessed with his debut single “Sleepwalker”, a production that grinds introspective melodies from London Thor into dust with a contorted synth of a hook. His follow-up, “Honest To Gød”, is a fitting follow-up that dives into the depths of sonic pathos as Charity’s vocals swirl through a minimalist haze before she declares “I’m addicted to the pain.” On cue, the song collapses into a glitchy, effects-soaked bottom.

Beyond the sounds of “Honest To Gød”, I find myself considering the line “I’m addicted to the pain.” I like to think of myself as someone who pursues happiness on all fronts, but there are times where I experience moments of pain that I allow to slowly spread across my day until I wallow in them. I don’t think it’s masochism by any stretch, but I subconsciously find something enthralling about melodrama, like a music video character staring out a rainy window. There are days like today where I start off strong, but a fleeting moment of sadness turns into an evening of unnecessary introspection. I think I’ll give “Honest To Gød” one more listen before I snap out of it.

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AWAY – Sleepwalker (feat. London Thor)

AWAY and London Thor communicate the experience of being blindsided by love lost in such a stunning fashion on “Sleepwalker”. Thor’s vocals and the production during the verses are decidedly delicate, a strong contrast to the glitchy, chopped-up drop that swings the track from introspective to external upheaval. Rather than basking in sadness or confusion independently, it’s a sonic approach that understands the complex emotions of heartbreak.

I’ve only experienced heartbreak once, heartbreak that was swift and painful. I hope to never experience it again, but I have to level with myself and realize that’s not a realistic expectation. If I offer my love to another human, I’m embracing vulnerability at its peak. Maybe it’s better to wish that future heartbreak at least involves dialogue rather than sudden dissipation, but who am I to dictate that either?

The short answer is I’m not, but as long as there’s emotive music like “Sleepwalker” to fall back on, I think I’ll be alright.

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