Billy Nelson – “We Could Be Friends”

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“We Could Be Friends” is a simultaneously hypnotic and emotionally touching track. Beginning with vocals repeating “I can see us as friends” over a melancholic and spacey synth pad and aquatic arp, feelings of unrequited love are strongly conveyed. The nonchalant lead vocals creep forward gently, leading to the creepy leading effect around 01:20 — which then transitions into a tribal-like procession reminiscent of Animal Collective. The playful synth solo around 02:15 is a nice touch, as are the muttered vocals in the background — conveying a futuristic sense of optimism, despite the murky unrequited underbelly. I’m digging the playful vocal approach in this track, as well as the hypnotic and atmospheric blend of psych-pop and electronica.

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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