Sounds like: DIIV
I often wonder whether a song injected to the brim with clear influences is a bad thing, for Baywaves it certainly isn’t. ‘To The North’ basically gives the listener it’s influence on a plate, and despite it being derivative, it provides a refreshing image of a warm breezy summer evening. What’s most endearing is the clean, simplest drum beat going which completely garnishes the song.
The effects used on the guitar act as ‘To The North’s’ back bone, with leads as juicy as Mac Demarco’s, sadly they’re sparse on this track. Despite the vocals being slightly overpowered by the other instruments, they give a DIIV-esque atmosphere to the track. Production wise, ‘To The North’ is great, the reverb isn’t too much, but even if it would be, it’d only add to the subliminal, hazy mood this single has. Chilled, dark, and mellow. In fact I bet someone’s blowing smoke rings to this one, right now.
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Words By Saagar Kaushik