MP3: HK119 – “Snowblind”


“Snowblind” plays similarly to producer Christoffer Berg’s work with Little Dragon and Fever Ray. Bouncy gargles of synth coexist with swanky woodwind arrangements and a suavely soaring female vocals. On “Snowblind” they belong to artist and designer Heidi Kilpeläinen, the voice and songwriter behind synth-pop project HK119. The lounge-y keys and expressively loose woodwinds throughout the verses build toward an explosive chorus, which is to be expected considering the very calm aroma of the first two minutes. Right at the two-minute mark arrives a sweeping chorus where Kilpeläinen slides her delivery from suave to highly emotive, aptly backed by a whirring synth pad that adds immensely to the anthemic transition.

“Snowblind” is off Kilpeläinen’s upcoming album, Imaginature. Her third full-length, it will be released on March 25th by One Little Indian. Check out the track’s video below, which shows her recent fascination with the “natural world, taking inspiration from the simplest sound of a birdsong or waves crashing along the shore.” It’s a thematic contrast to her earlier works, which were more engrossed in the future rather than the contemplative  and illuminated present.

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Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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