Alina Baraz on Indie Accent

Alina Baraz

c. - | ORIGIN: USA / DENMARK

Here’s a nice modern setup that proves distance is no barrier to the successful realisation of an idea: in this case, an EP of ethereal “soul” – a term used advisedly because there are no bellowing displays of passion here. Alina Baraz is a 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Cleveland, Ohio, now living in LA, and Matias Saabye Køedt is a Danish electronicist of similar vintage who operates as Galimatias. She has the voice of an angel who communicates via the medium of the exquisite, etiolated sigh; he ensures the crisp, clipped sonics are sufficiently textured and rich in snagging detail that they achieve a sort of slow-motion devastation. Pay cursory attention to the music on their Urban Flora EP and you will assume it is some languid easy-listening R&B soundtrack for carefree summer loving. Move closer and you will hear songs about possession/obsession and the demerits of infatuation, set to a uniformly, dreamily dragging downtempo avant-muzak designed to give you daymares about the creeping, insinuating nature of desire.
Baraz and Galimatias met through Soundcloud, and we’re not sure whether they’ve ever been in the same room at the same time. But they certainly sound simpatico, and the music on the Urban Flora EP offers a seamless blend of their talents. We anticipate her voice being described as sultry, while his music will inevitably be dismissed as chilled-out by-the-pool atmospherica. But there’s more to it than that, as we say. (The Guardian)

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Pretty Thoughts


"Soft warmy voice that shows a slow motion devastation in no hurry"

CF | 389 DAYS AGO

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"This one is pure silk"

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