Clypso’s latest, ‘Save Me’, is dark and atmospheric

Sydney producer CLYPSO has already garnered a slew of notable nods and achievements in the past few months. Reaching No.10 on the Australian Viral 50 Spotify playlist and rave reviews from all over for her debut single ‘YOLO’, she’s performed at Listen Out Festival, Volumes Festival, our own party for Beach Rd Hotel‘s birthday party, and Rare Finds at the Oxford Art Factory, to name but a few, and she’s not slowing down anytime soon.

Now she’s released a new track called ‘Save Me’. It builds on her previous work in terms of originality and creativity but is quite a distance from the more danceable and fun ‘YOLO’, released earlier in the year. Built out of dark jungle beats, grimey basslines and afropunk infused trop-tronica, it’s an astonishing melting pot of 21st-century influences, but it all sounds so distinctly “now”. Darker and more mysterious than its predecessor, it radiates warmth and drama. It’s also heavier on the atmospherics and has a dark, foreboding quality to it that contrasts with ‘YOLO’s jungle-infused fun. The effect is enhanced by CLYPSO‘s dramatic and reverb-y vocal performance and the song’s heavy and loud percussive elements. CLYPSO describes her style as “troppo chilli flakes” if that’s anything to go by, and with this track, we have to agree. Her voice is at once powerful and sensual, and combined with the music’s rumbling sound, it exudes some real Santigold vibes.

The song is light on memorable lines and thin on hooks, driven as it is by forceful jungle beats. It’s an overall powerful and captivating experience, however, which no doubt sounds even better when performed live. CLYPSO is a definite breath of fresh air in the current music scene, fusing different sounds and influences in the way that she does, which is effortlessly. Expect big things from this artist!

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WORDS BY CAMILLA PATINI

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