Filled with atmospheric mystique, “Awake at Night” is a stimulating art-pop single from NYC-based artist Andrea Ward. Preceding Ward’s upcoming album Ribbon of Water, releasing on January 20th, “Awake at Night” compels with a wintry vein of pop with chilling vocals and serene correspondences between guitars and keys.
“‘Awake at Night’ is the idea that you’re awake at night because you know something’s wrong in life,” Ward explains. “You know that there are forces in the world trying to keep you asleep, and you refuse to be any less alive than your greatest potential. It’s as if the song is a roaring voice from your deep subconscious, telling you to get up and move.”
Ghostly vocals and barren key chimes build to a jazzy percussive spell. The contemplative vocals reflect staying awake at night with ceaseless ruminations; the meditative yet haunting qualities of such an experience are aptly reflected in sequences like the “I’m flooded by every dream every night,” haunts. Reflecting sharply on the subconscious’ mystique, “Awake at Night” is a moving effort from Andrea Ward.
This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2022’ Spotify playlist.