TRACE – “Away”


Tranquil vocals and a simple synth line dance around slight percussion during the first verse on “Away”, though the immediate intro suggests a more expansive synth-pop sound that shows itself during the central hook, where a simple yet addicting arpeggio takes over in a way that reminds fondly of certain audible ’80s loves, whether the ode is in the vein of Chromatics’ nocturnal aim or a Stranger Things marathon. The bridge, with the lush synth stabs and playful distorted vocal lead, adds a nice modern element to the mix. The final two minutes or so showcases a dazzling instrumental bridge as well, showing the track’s most impressive production element of many. “Away” is a very strong effort from TRACE, who grew up as the daughter of a Vietnamese pop star and has pursued an authentic and inventive sound in her own career.

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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