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MDWS Clouds

MDWS looks to the sky on hypnotic new single “Clouds”

29 November 2018, 16:46 | Written by Alex Mistlin

New Zealand electronic artist MDWS returns with “Clouds”, an artfully-produced depiction of a weightless morning after.

“Clouds” is a glacial banger on which MDWS demonstrates his versatility and growing skill as an exponent of electronic music. Via the medium of prowling basslines and hypnotic synths, MDWS conjures a complex vision of modern life that unabashedly evokes the themes of restlessness, sleep-deprivation and isolation. It’s a winning formula that’s been popularised by James Blake, Majid Jordan and fellow Antipodean, Flume.

“Clouds” is altogether more optimistic than MDWS’ previous release “Circles”. Its shimmering waves of nocturnal chords are woven together by delicate guitar lines. It sounds like a cool summer night, all lingering adrenaline and post-club calm. Anticipation builds as MDWS repeats the plaintive refrain of “I’m held up, held up” against a backdrop of sparse beats. This leaves vast gaps which he deftly fills with tender, dextrous vocals that are reminiscent of Frank Ocean.

MDWS recounts how “Clouds” was inspired by “a time I watched the sunrise alone in Gold Coast. After returning to my apartment after a late night out, I walked out onto my balcony instead of heading to bed. As the sun started to rise and I stared at the ocean below me, I remember suddenly feeling weightless. It was as if I was sitting amongst the clouds. And for some reason I felt completely free in that moment.”

“Clouds” is out now. Find MDWS on Facebook.
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