Fortress – “Colours”


A dark and dreamy pop spell takes hold “Colours,” a new single from Belgian trio Fortress. Hanne Torfs’ haunting vocal presence captivates within a range from murky thumping and vibrant synth additions alike, crafting a sound ripe in structural momentum and stylish pop construction. Lyrical depictions of memories, and their tendency to fade and then re-appear with vigor, add to the sense of continuous mystique apparent throughout “Colours.”

Sporadic synth buzzing lingers alongside a hint of twinkling effervescence. The chilling vocal presence traverses into a cathartic release with an infectious rhythmic component and blaring synth invitations: “My dear Black Birch tree, I shut my eyes and white noise filled my ears / But now I slowly thaw and start to see the colours that we breathe.”

The artful lyrical approach succeeds in capturing the beauty and transience of certain moments, even those that tout a bittersweet or deceptive quality. The sensation of seeing colors is melodically conveyed, symbolic of re-discovering memories with a renewed color, thanks to personal experience. A dark synth-pop sound and serene vocal enchantment propel this standout production from Fortress.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

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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