Intermingling inspirations from ’70s cinema, ’80s synth wave, and the contemporary sounds of today give a time spanning depth to Cape Lion’s style that’s readily perceptible on his lulling new tune, “Deceiving.” The enveloping, hazy number is replete with rolling synth melodies that glide forth, suspended under Cape Lion’s choral vocal. Texturally, “Deceiving” leaves little to be desired, if not nothing at all.
The inimitable metallic pluck of guitar strings and the sturdy beat add dimension to “Deceiving.” It’s a meticulously layered indie dreamscape with tempered cinematic appeal. The latter part of that is unsurprising, given that Cape Lion has spent some of his time of late composing scores for films such as Borg vs. McEnroe and Horizon Line.
The transference of skill, from scores to singles, is audible on “Deceiving.” Listeners can bookmark “Deceiving” as an inviting preview of the equally sumptuous sound that is to follow in full on Cape Lion’s next EP, due spring 2020.