Preceding the release of their upcoming album UNFOLD, Bristol two-piece Icarus have returned with another exultant track ‘Meet Me There’, a multifaceted composition indulged with the mellifluous vocals of London singer-songwriter Nathan Ball.
Brothers Ian and Tom Griffiths have steamrolled through the dance charts with their jubilant beats and crafted compositions. The success of their single ‘Dreams of You’ featuring Rae Morris as Annie Mac’s hottest record this October indicates their album is highly anticipated by restless fans. The percussion driven underbody of ‘Meet Me There’ is totally distinct from their track with Morris, indicative of their growing musicality and malleability as collaborative artists. The soundscape is littered with sinister synths that weave a blanket for Ball’s alluring yet intense lyrics to be laid onto, as he sings: “I’m on my knees again // Begging you to stay”. The cyclical nature of the lyricism is hypnotic, as Ball’s emotionally fervent timbre unites the cultivated components of Icarus’ sonic style.
Following a dramatic pause, Ball sings lines akin to a bridge as we cross into a more dance-laden rhythm and faster paced portion of the track. The latter half of ‘Meet Me There’ is a melding of sound and space as Ball’s sonic echoes bounce off of the wall of synth and entrap us in the intricacies of the electronica. We’re begged to stay and somehow we can’t leave.
The track encompasses a complexity we’re denied access to as listeners, something teased but kept at a distance, an exploration of selfhood in a relationship we’re not part of. Icarus say their 2020 album is set to “represent how our lives, personalities and ever-changing selves UNFOLD”, thus this 2020 release might foreshadow the arrival of the resolve and closure that this track lacks.
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