Plenty of music today utilizes little flourishes of nostalgia. Carly Rae Jepsen’s Emotion bubbled with ‘80s synths and drums, and Miguel embraced the genre-blending R&B of Prince on Wildheart, but this is just one element of a larger package. While having a wide range of influences usually makes for dynamic music, there is still something undeniably captivating about artists who fully immerse themselves in the sound of a bygone age.
On “God Will Never Come For Us,” Ski Lodge aren’t making what they think an ‘80s New Wave song would sound like in 2015; they’re making something that sounds like you dug it up in a garage sale, rustic and authentic in the best way possible.
Listen: “God Will Never Come For Us” – Ski Lodge
The synths here have a warm, organic quality that one rarely hears nowadays. The guitar churns, creating underlying waves of anxiety that crest on the song’s chorus.
“Pull me into the dark light / Wrap me up in your skin / I wanna feel your pain,” Andrew Marr implores on the hook, while simultaneously establishing himself as the man to beat in a Morrissey impression contest.
Ski Lodge has released some more contemporary sounding tracks like the uptempo “Trust” or the beachy, lo-fi “Just to Be Like You” that are a lot of fun, but there’s something mesmerizing about the luridness of “God Will Never Come For Us.”
It’s a red light district record, and one that’s simultaneously preoccupied with the physical and immediate as well as the eternal and spiritual. By the time the guitar kicks in on the song’s back half, you’re fully immersed in the dark world of temptation Ski Lodge has built for you.
The band, whom Marr told New Music Mag were partially brought together through Craigslist, released their EP Trust this past July, and it’s safe to say that whatever project features “God Will Never Come For Us” will be a must listen.