Chymes’ ‘Dreaming’ is a hypnotic pop wonderland
The best part of CHYMES and their latest offering ‘Dreaming’ is how beautifully understated it is. Each layer is crisp and clear, and they all waltz elegantly around and through one another. It’s particularly astounding considering the subject matter of the song is truly bigger than life itself, yet they’ve minimised their music with stunning restraint and impeccable control.
Lead vocalist Kiersten Nyman takes control of the ship, with her ethereal vocals floating delicately on the twilight production helmed by Cameron Taylor. The chorus swells a little, but never enough to capsize how delicate the rest of the song is. It’s a beautifully enchanting sonic adventure as we sink into the song’s bubbling bassline and breathe in the glittering synths that push it along.
What’s really impressive about what Chymes have done with ‘Dreaming’ is that they’ve proven that an overtly positive song doesn’t have to be completely booming. It sounds like a haunting ballad, but is in fact quite the opposite. “Dreaming is about the euphoric feeling when you experience something that feels larger than life,” the band said in a statement, “like coming up with an exciting idea or falling in love and how you find yourself being whisked away to another world,” they said.
Chymes might enchant and hypnotise you with their magnetic chemistry bubbling on ‘Dreaming’, but you’ll come out the other side more awake than ever. It’s a sparkling pop moment that subverts expectations yet still keeping us firmly afloat. We might not have control over our dreams, but when your dreams sound this good, it’s better to leave it untouched.
Words by JACKSON LANGFORD
Image: Etienne Reynaud
CHYMES BRING MINIMALISM AND MYSTERY TO THEIR NEW SONG ABOUT FALLING IN LOVE
LET CHYMES ELEVATE YOU WITH THEIR LATEST ETHEREAL TRACK, ‘BLOOM’
CHYMES DELIVER SWEET INNOCENCE WITH A DARK CENTRE ON DEBUT SINGLE, ‘ORACLE’