Grabbing our ears with the bursting electro-pop instrumental “Peony Blossom” a few months ago, Harlow, UK-based artist Double Triangle continues impressing with two more tracks: “Haberdashery” & “Brenda.” The former echoes a classical music feeling in its vibrant elegance, perhaps inspired by the artist writing it first as a piece of piano music (“my most common way of writing,” Double Triangle explains). French electronica of the ’70s and ’80s also play a prominent influence, and the artist notes “Haberdashery” as feeling like a partner to “Peony Blossom,” achieving a similar aesthetic and points of inspiration.
“Brenda” serves as the B-side to “Haberdashery.” Double Triangle explains: “I wrote the A section of this piece when 9 years old. Encouraged by my late Nan Brenda. I remember writing it while at her house and she put her head around the door and said she liked the tune.” Ultimately, Double Triangle crafted a heartfelt musical piece in honor of their late Nan Brenda, aiming to celebrate her memory by reimagining a song originally composed at the age of 9 and incorporating a collaboration between their child and adult selves.
Ghostly vocals and patiently unfolding synth/piano intertwining compel on “Brenda,” while “Haberdashery” touts a more vibrant grandiosity. Bright synths enamor at the two-minute turn especially, ascending gradually with ample momentum; the production dazzles in feeling like a mixture of the artist’s synth-pop smarts (influenced amply by Erasure) and an embedded classical music timelessness. These two tracks are both thorough successes from Double Triangle.
This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2023’ Spotify playlist.
The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Electronic.
We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.