After months of buildup, the wait for San Holo‘s highly anticipated debut album is finally almost over. In the days leading up to the release, the bitbird label boss has been piecing out tracks from the LP, with the most recent being a melancholic collab with Duskus called “Forever Free.” With just a short work week between music fans and the first-ever San Holo album, the artist has shared what could be his emotional track yet: a majestic collaboration with Massachusetts-based post-rock band Caspian titled “surface.”
The song begins in a bed of pillowy synths and Caspian vocals that delivers major Porter Robinson Worlds-esque sonic flavor. Robotic harmonies flow into a detuned lead line that instills an instant sense of longing in the listener. The build erupts into a San Holo-helmed drop, combining arena rock drums with a wall of elevating pads and vocal textures. The song pauses momentarily on a delicate breakdown of acoustic guitar and sweeping strings, before the epic chorus begins again. The collaboration brings the best out of both artists, and promises a project bursting with creativity and emotion when San Holo’s album1 drops in full Friday, Sept. 21.
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