I wasn’t quite sure what to post this eve. I’ve been offline for the past couple of days. And as always, starting back up poses all kinds of challenges. What to write being at the top of that list.
That’s when I stumbled upon NAVVI, a nifty little Seattle-based electronic duo that reminds me a lot of one of my favorite chillwave acts, Keep Shelly in Athens. Admittedly, I could probably say that about any duo fronted by ethereal female vocals and spacious laid-back grooves. But really, there’s only a few that matter. And NAVVI feels like one of them.
The track is called “Us,” and it’s an infectious synth-pop-by-way-of trip-hop dubby lo-fi affair. It’s been awhile since I’ve run across an ambient track that’s lured and held me entranced for the duration of its excursion … and having me wish it continued long after its conclusion. It’s one of those efforts that slows you way down and subtly hooks your complete attention, spellbound and mesmerized.
“Us” has this deep saturated rhythm that saunters to a slow synth swagger, flowing steady and slick, echoed with silky vocals and crystalline keys. It’s got a groovy-cool lounge vibe that’s borderline sexy and ultimately sublime. There’s some ’70s/’80s analog keys that twist and teeter in percussive oscillations, sci-fi, soft, and tubular. And there’s plenty of headspace to breath in all of the effervescent vapors of synthesized sound and aural atmosphere.
NAVVI has a couple of albums, “UTLRA,” which houses the single “Us,” and “Omni,” which came out back in 2016. I’ve only had a chance to sample moments from the former. And they seem to flow from the same chilled waters as “Us,” while still playfully experimental and stylistically explorational. My comparison to Keep Shelly in Athens still stands.
Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for tonight. Here’s a taste of Seattle’s NAVVI with the effervescent “Us.” Chill and enjoy!
“Us” from the 2018 album “ULTRA.”