Van Elst – “Reverie”


An unrequited, yearning for connection haunts on “Reverie,” the new single from Van Elst, the project of Dutch musician Frank van der Ploeg. A dark electronic appeal lingers amidst thematic fascination with dreams, portraying a palpable desire for “a girl in his reverie,” though ultimately unable to merge their worlds. The result achieves a strongly atmospheric and emotive engrossment.

Glistening synth tones venture into a darker immersion, with the “feel so cold,” lyrics meshing with chilly vocals and industrial-forward synth atmospherics. “Hold me close, I found you in the reverie,” the vocals let out during a haunting chorus, contemplating on fading memories with heartrending introspection. Balancing darkly foreboding soundscapes with a melodically gripping consistency, the track’s production reminds fondly of Depeche Mode. “Reverie” is a dreamy, delectably murky success from Van Elst.

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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