Hemm deliver spacious harmonies on ‘Hair’
We absolutely can’t get enough of Melbourne duo HEMM. We were lucky enough to be the first to share their video clip for ‘Skin’ at the end of last year, and since then, we’ve been anxiously perched on the edge of our seats waiting to hear Juice Webster & Robert Downie‘s next move.
The kindred spirits have shared ‘Hair’ with us, another breathtakingly euphoric addition to their already stunning back catalogue of singles.
Accentuated by little piano motifs glistening in the echo of the ambience, the track opens with a variety of instruments pulsing in and out at differing moments. In true Hemm fashion, the soundscape is drastically expansive, but there’s never a crowded moment.
Each instrument is allowed the space to exist, and as the track progresses, the ambience is replaced by simple choral symphonies that sit neatly underneath the vocals. More and more harmonic vocal lines are added into the mix as the track progresses, and we’re suddenly swimming in a pool of church-like reverb and beautifully spacious vocals.
I’ve had this one on a loop for the last half an hour or so, and I can’t even describe the feeling I get when the track ends. Juice‘s voice sits valiantly atop the aching ambience, and as the track trickles out beneath her vocals, we’re left with the soft exit of her voice crooning ‘And I can see what lies in front of me, and so I say, you best remember today’.
Photo by Trudi Treble
Words by CAITLIN MEDCALF