IDYLL ‘Bad Boi’

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Trends, movements and more recently, music genres, have a quick expiry date in the zeitgeist of our technological  landscape. Does anyone remember witch-house and chillwave?

A sub genre of electronica, it compromised of glitchy, gothic affiliated electronic music. Don’t stress if not, it wasn’t prominent for very long. Whilst it blew up on the internet through Pitchfork and other media channels, all the bands associated with the movement have now fallen into oblivion, picketed as a ‘trend’ and nothing more.

Whilst one can argue the movement is done and dusted, there seems to be a inkling of its influence present in some of the more, left of centre electronic music that exists within the fringes of SoundCloud. Take for instance IDYLL – A Chicago duo whose latest track ‘Bad Boi’ – a smooth gothic trance track –  indicates influence from the chill wave/witch-house movements of the later noughties.

The genre was characterised by extensive use of reverb and hazy, convoluted vocal tracks. This is missing on IDYLL‘s ‘Bad Boi’, which is definitely a good thing. It lets the track’s beautiful soft vocals stand front and centre, allowing a sense of emotion and sensuality distinguish the song.

The production on the track is near flawless, with the ghostly lush soundscapes sounding world class. There isn’t much known about the duo –  they’re an enigmatic bunch – but I’m sure will come out of the darkness soon enough. Till then, let’s soak up their new track ‘Bad Boi’ –  a brooding sensual track that leaves us wanting more out of these mysterious musical gifted goths.

Words by Isabella Trimboli

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