I discovered this track at an interesting time. I just got called off work, I’m home alone, and it’s raining although the forecast said it would be sunny. Produced by Norwegian producer Hanz in collaboration with R&B singer emawk, “Ambivalence” is a melancholy and nostalgic track that explores feelings of doubt and searching for meaning. The song really hits when you’re in your twenties (in the midst of what is essentially a second round of teenagehood).
emawk offers sincere lyricism and hazy textures — a soundscape that could bring us to a place of sentiment and uncertainty. “Tell me this ain’t all," he repeats in the chorus over atmospheric production by Hanz. In a Complex story, Hanz explains:
"When I started the writing process for ‘Ambivalence’, my hometown was covered in a blanket of white snow. This winter was especially long and, even though the snow was beautiful, I was getting very tired of it. This inspired me to make something with a clear contrast: soft and tender chords with hard and knocking drums. I tried adding different instruments and changing up the drums, but nothing seemed to fit. I started looking for vocalists and emawk was the perfect artist for the track. The song is my way of capturing the feeling of ambivalence—conflicted and unsure."