Let Spacie flood your ears with the cool sounds of her ‘Azure’ EP
Trying to evoke an emotional resonance from a listener with a vocal-less song can be a difficult task. Without that direct description of feelings for the listener to latch on to, the entire vibe of the song can be lost. However, SPACIE has completely disproved all pre-conceived notions with her stunning Azure EP. Entirely washed out with splashes of energy, gloom and everything in between, Spacie has surmised everything the title represents.
Azure, the colour, is vivid and uncompromising. It represents a coolness, yet a regality. It’s the colour of the sky on a picture perfect day, where hope beams beyond the bleakness of the clouds. Similarly, Azure, the EP, is all that and more. Opening track ‘Untamed’ is exactly this – untamed in both name and nature. The underlying synth framework has the darkness you’d find in Twin Peaks or Blade Runner, as the crunching melody creeps up inside you and spreads to your every limb. The sparse bright blips that cloak the song, however, are more akin to an Aphex Twin or an Arca – Spacie is leaving no second unmilked as we sink into the depths of this stunning piece of work.
As we fall further and further down, we look up and see sunlight beam down from above. That sunlight is completely encapsulated in ‘East’, a track far more uptempo than its gloomy predecessor. The slight orchestral feel mixed with the deep house elements give the song a buoyancy that contrasts beautifully with the anchoring of ‘Untamed’. Just like that, we’re snatched up again in ‘Drowned Out’ which might be the most aptly titled song on the record. Relatively minimalist in comparison, ‘Drowned Out’ is an ominous listening experience that gives you the feeling of being well and truly underwater. You can hear the muffled sounds and faint echoes of whatever’s surrounding you, but you’re never too sure what’s coming next.
Finally, we’re shot back up to sea level with the stunning closer, ‘Amphitrite’. Named after the Queen of the Sea herself, this track gives us a soothing relief from the intense emotions we’ve just explored. The light-hearted synths fused with hopeful ambience is like a wash of cool salt-water across your face after a long day. It’s like that gulp of oxygen you take after submerging yourself for too long. It’s refreshing, it’s soothing and it perfectly surmises exactly what Spacie has offered us in this stunning offering.
Words by JACKSON LANGFORD