Wave after wave of tantalizing sounds envelop the senses as Vaarwell’s new single “Fall Back” washes over our ears and intoxicates our souls.
RIYL: Emotional Oranges, Glass Animals, CHVRCHES
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Wave after wave of tantalizing sounds envelop the senses as Vaarwell’s new single washes over our ears and intoxicates our souls. A tantalizing, pulsing indie pop smooth jam radiating raw heat and deeply intimate energy, “Fall Back” soars with affection and understanding: Through vivid, undulating R&B folds, we feel the unassailable strength of human connection.
Let me be a warming shape,
I’m your little bit of comfort
Growing on a binding tape
We sow and reap one another
Bring me all that I can take
I’ll walk and carry your conscience
Daunted by your past mistakes
You’re loose in my pure water
And when we fall back
Our hearts fill with smoke
A fire to put out
And when we come back
With a gentle stroke
You laid on me
Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Fall Back,” the lead single off Vaarwell’s forthcoming third EP, Consume & Grow (set to release May 2021). The London based Portuguese duo of Margarida Falcão and Ricardo Nagy, Vaarwell have been making music together in various forms over the past six years now. Their distinctive sound – a blend of alternative dream-pop and indie-electronic influences – has earned them praise throughout the music industry, and the band have performed at festivals like SXSW and Rock in Rio Lisboa.
Originally from Lisbon, Portugal, the group embrace cinematic bursts of sonic color through a familiar base of guitars, vocals and drums – adding in the production studio as a fifth and powerfully manipulative instrument. Their 2017 debut album HOMEBOUND 456 is a must-listen, pulsing with touching melodies and intimate lyrics that cut both band and listeners to their core. In premiering their 2018 single “Stay,” Atwood lauded Vaarwell for “pushing the boundaries of what you can emote in an infectiously catchy pop song that considers love and desire from both sides, despairing the discrepancies between longing and having, expectation and knowing.”
An elevating ethereal experience, “Fall Back” arrives on the heals of Vaarwell’s 2019 sophomore EP Early Rise and their softly stirring 2020 singles “New Woman” and “Fire” – much of which has signaled their dive into London’s atmospheric ambience and the alt-R&B music scene. Written and recorded after the band’s move to the UK, it’s a powerful return and an exciting shift in sound and style that is so new, yet so definitively Vaarwell:
“‘Fall Back’ is our most hip-hop / R&B influenced track to date, but it came about very naturally,” Vaarwell tell Atwood Magazine. “The lyrics centre on trying to be a person of comfort to a loved one that is down, willing to become an adaptable, protective and warming barrier between them and their struggles, even if naively so.”
“We started writing it just as we were packing for the move, and later worked on the production during the mandatory self-isolation period, upon our arrival in London. We didn’t have much to do during those two weeks, so the song ended up becoming our main focus and it was heavily influenced by our (limited) surroundings and the UK r&b/hip-hip acts that we were listening to on repeat. It felt important to simulate young choir-like vocals for the chorus, to give that warmth and full depth feel you have when you’re surrounded by a supportive bubble.”
With musical nods to early Glass Animals, Emotional Oranges, Sir Sly, and more, “Fall Back” feels fresh and exciting. Vaarwell dive headfirst into a sultry, seductive world of sound wraps itself around the listener with grace and confidence. It’s an arresting start to the year, and one that leaves us not only breathless, but also eager to hear more.
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