Peregrine Dive – “Fly Low”


The wonderfully eclectic “Fly Low” is a new single from Peregrine Dive, the Pasadena-based studio recording project of Felipe Javier Sanchez. This release precedes the project’s forthcoming Swoon EP, out on November 14th. “Fly Low” is a great example of Peregrine Dive’s diverse stylistic reach, apparent from the get-go with the pulsing synth backing and psych-friendly guitar tones. The wordless vocals at 01:08 succeeds with a warmly melodic quality, followed by a gripping guitar emergence before lush, spacey synths take over briefly. The track continues to be a journey thereon, reminiscent of Oneohtrix Point Never’s creative fury. I’m definitely looking forward to Peregrine Dive’s upcoming EP in November.

Sanchez elaborates more on the track below:

“Fly Low” was a song snippet I started 4 years ago when I traveled to Europe. It collected dust until I took a trip to South America five years later. The song’s completion was inspired by the journey that comes along with traveling to new places. When I go somewhere new, my experiences tend to not repeat; this subconsciously took form within this song by not having any choruses or repeating parts. The song is almost like a series of sonic bridges that ebb and flow into each subsequent part; even though there’s no hook or refrain the song still feels connected as an overall expedition.

My recent songs have been more guitar-driven, but I’ve always loved psychedelic and pop music so I tried to build Fly Low off synthesizers to give it an ambient, ethereal feel. There’s a trap / trip-hop part in one of the biggest climaxes of the track; this was the last part written and willed itself into my song because I was influenced by Travis Scott’s album Astroworld. On release day, I’ll be releasing a music video for the song that was filmed in South America.

“Fly Low” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of October 2019’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Innovative Electronic Music.

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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