There is a time and a place for music that resides in the background, softly enhancing independent and unfolding moments. Jeremy Jay’s “Covered in Ivy” is just such a track — it won’t take center stage, but it will have an impact.
This style belongs to that of the nostalgic synth profusions we’ve been hearing a lot recently (the opening could easily be Twin Shadow). I don’t get sick of the sound; it’s a winsome melancholia that feels attractive and warm. Sometimes I feel like it’s a summer chillwave antidote which, in this case, could be construed as academic given the title. This song smacks of autumn, so enjoy it now and let it usher you into a new season.
Don’t forget, there’s a revival that comes with that. Let “Covered in Ivy” push you forward, even as you glance back.
Jay’s album, Abandoned Apartments, comes out September 23 via K Records and Grand Palais.