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Neon Cities

Toulouse

The fourth in a string of 2018 releases from Denver-based synth duo Neon Cities, the Toulouse single presents a pair of tracks that showcase distinct sides of the group's sound. With warm synth and hazy, barely there vocals placed on top of a relaxed rhythm and buzzing bass groove,the more pop-oriented title track creates a nostalgic 1980s vibe replete with a bubbling and hopeful chorus. Despite keyboard work that is, at times, rather busy, "Toulouse" is chilled out and almost soothing. As its name suggests, second track "Storm on the Isle" has a more pensive, maybe even slightly haunting mood built around arpeggios. The track conveys, to me, a sense of loneliness, but never becomes outright bleak. A fine audio mix is showcased here in the form of rumbling thunder that sporadically eases in and out of hearing range. Though the single doesn't offer anything particularly mind-blowing, I don't think that was ever the goal. Toulouse is nothing if not pleasant to listen to, especially during a laid back, quiet moment.

7.0 / 10Andy
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