“Dearest Friend” is the debut release from Melbourne duo Hemm, comprising Robert Downie and Juice Webster. It’s a slice of alternative electronic-pop, packed with silky vocals and pulsing synths atop sporadic and clanky percussive beats.
It took me a few listens to unpack some of the many elements within this track, and even now there still remains an air of unpredictability – there’s no immediately recognisable chord progression, predictable drop or standard chorus repetition. Instead, scattered vocal samples become percussive textures, rippling synths form a counter-melody and the shuffling beat is weirdly steady in its irregularity.
This is what makes "Dearest Friend" such an excellent release - it's a track that unashamedly pushes the boundaries of genres and treads its own path, which is perhaps unsurprising given that Downie and Webster have quite contrasting backgrounds in folk and psychedelic rock.
“Dearest Friend” is the first track from Hemm’s upcoming debut EP, Space Between Us. You can stay connected with the duo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.