Recently, modern pop has found its way back to an ’80s sound and Castorp’s “Fool” hums along like a time capsule from that neon-tinged decade. The song’s tone is darker than most of its poppy counterparts; “Fool” is dreamy yet heavy, floating but also grounded.
Castorp is the stage name for Wales-via-London singer Steffan Davies, whose deep vocals separate him from other dream pop acts that are increasingly sounding the same. The minor-key synths lend an uneasiness to the track that makes the stakes feel more real. For all of its ethereal charm, “Fool” is equally concerned with reality, making it a starry-eyed gem.