First catching my ear last October with dream-pop success “Vera,” Seattle-based duo Night Hikes captivate again, this time with the track “Anyway.” Olivia Godby and Matthew Farrell strut a seamlessly evolving sound, casting a patient development of nocturnal synths and guitar fragments to start. Swelling organ-based resonance and twangy, dreamy guitars envelop by the track’s mid-point around Godby’s entrancing vocals. “I just wake through the night and I sleep through the day,” she sings, with both gentle acoustics and rising synths interplaying cohesively. “Anyway” fully satisfies with its soundscape and melodic progression.
Night Hikes elaborate more on the track’s themes below:
“This song is a lullaby to the self; it is a plea to escape the dull march of perfectionism and mental chatter. When you want to do it right, but you don’t even know what “it” is…when you get lost seeking to fill in the missing pieces, but something in you wonders if you weren’t already whole to begin with. When gentle silence begins to eclipse the poison of self-criticism, it’s a careful surrender to a higher power, knowing that in the end you have nothing to lose but your illusion of control.”
“Anyway” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of October 2020’ Spotify playlist.
The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Dream-Pop.