Talking Violet have the unique ability to transport the listener into a state akin to a waking dream with their music. Meeting somewhere in the middle of dream pop, slowcore, and shoegaze, the Ontario quartet achieve that effect on “Indigo,” the follow-up to 2018’s Round Dreams EP.
Leading with spacious, hazy chords and singer Jill Goyeau’s floaty vocals before wrapping around a simple-but-effective drum beat, “Indigo” feels as haunting as it does invitingly familiar. Nineties alternative is a clear influence on Talking Violet, with shades of Slowdive, Portishead, and My Bloody Valentine heard on the single, but the band wouldn’t be out of place on a bill alongside Turnover and Beach House either.
Like the artists mentioned above, Talking Violet imbue their music with a sense of warmth despite the detached core of the genre; it takes a second to snap out of the dissociative trance “Indigo” induces.
“‘Indigo’ is an illustration of nervousness about performance or anxiousness in general, the moments that you feel like you are surrounded by white noise and can barely tell what your limbs are doing,” Goyeau tells New Noise. “Looking back on situations like this are usually a blur for me, but I wrote ‘Indigo’ because the day that I am referring to had so many tiny moments that I found really reassuring and clear to reflect on.
“Growing up, I used to make little mental lists in my mind of things that I had heard people say, or moments in time that had certain feelings that I never wanted to forget. Kind of like verbal ‘affirmations’ that happened in real time, when I thought to myself, ‘I want to remember this forever.’ ‘Indigo’ is trusting these moments and my intuition and allowing myself to lean into that experience of clarity and personal reassurance—even if it ends up only being temporary.”
The dreamlike qualities are amplified by the video for “Indigo,” which features the band members in various poses, both separate and together. Because of the unsteady camera and liberal use of visual effects, the visuals have a surreal feeling that matches the mood of the song.
Just the first taste of a not-yet-announced full-length, “Indigo” is a promising sign for the growing band—the single shows growth in both songwriting and production, flexing a more full sound with better production.
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