Shuffling beats rumble as wavering synths tangle with melodic piano phrases. “I’ve been here before - backwards, medicated,” sings a voice in a style that echoes the yearning and vulnerable quality of Sufjan Stevens.
This is “Backwards/Medicated,” the latest release from Melbourne-based producer and songwriter, Braille Face. The artist (real name Jordan White) released his debut single “Glow” earlier this year, and he continues to explore an intoxicating combination of electronic elements in this new single.
The track begins with rumbling, fuzzy percussion that slowly emerges with clarity into a strident beat. Unfurling into a world of scattered drum beats, spacious vocals and shaky synths, “Backwards/Medicated” is a stunning piece of brooding and atmospheric electronica. White’s tender vocals are layered in haunting harmonies, whispering directly into your ear. It’s this unique mix of distorted pop instrumentals and poetic lyrics that makes the track so utterly captivating.
Braille Face is the first singing to Spirit Level, a recently re-launched Australian record label run by Triple J’s Tim Shiel and Wally de Backer (Gotye). Mixed by Shiel and mastered by Simon Lam (half of Melbourne-based duo Kllo), “Backwards/Medicated” is also a preview of Braille Face’s upcoming album (due for release later this year through Spirit Level and Inertia Music). It's also worth checking out the colourful world of Melbourne illustrator Tommi PG, who designed the single's artwork.
In the meantime, you can download “Backwards/Medicated” through iTunes, Apple Music and Bandcamp, and catch Braille Face performing live as support for Japanese Wallpaper at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne on Saturday 20 August.