Of all the key takeaways in Graywave‘s latest press release, the most striking is that her latest opus is “lyrically coherent.” To those listening to her new single, Like Heaven, that may come as a surprise. If this is coherent, how did her previous songs sound? Like she was laying down beats with Bin Laden in an offshore cave?
Yep, her words remain as easy to decipher as early Michael Stipe stanzas, but who needs clear lyrics when you have cracking tunes? Like Heaven certainly lives up to its name. It’s Biblical in terms of its build, with floods of frenzied fuzz and swarms of slashing beats blending wonderfully with Graywave’s beautiful voice.
It begins delicately, with loose threads of feedback, reverb and riffs intertwining in a beautiful bind. Soon, Graywave’s lush voice enters the fray in a suitably ethereal haze. Then the ascension begins. Drums pound. Guitars glide. Graywave purrs. If Like Heaven’s intro makes you feel like you’re levitating gently above your former shell of a body, its rollicking chorus is akin to crashing through St Peter’s gates in an armoured car and a cow catcher.
Indeed, Like Heaven has the dark aesthetic of the Devil rather than godlike harmonies. It’s dark and brooding, its dense abrasiveness recalling DIIV’s devilishly great Deceiver album. However, Heaven is what we make of it, and Graywave has made one powerful, fantastic record. This is one religion worth following.