Committing an about-face from the guitar/piano-driven acoustics of her debut album, Golden Hour, Jodie Nicholson finds a new home on the dance floor for her newest single.
An exercise in the techno inertia of Kelly Lee Owens’ Inner Song, “Move” starts out sparse: synth drones and pizzicatos, a repeating seven-word mantra, dovetailing background vocals. The atmosphere is almost motionless, a stasis of insularity. Harmony becomes an event in itself, no longer alone, no longer stationary.
“And I feel the sound of the drums kickin’ in, and I breathe in,” she exhales, at rest and as one with the bodies around her. She finally feels the pulse of the drums, the two-note flutter of the synth become timpani-percussive and starlight-ethereal before it unravels into echoes and hyperspeed ascension. But the dance ends, and she returns to self — “Feel the rhythm, move with the rhythm” —and solace: “Welcome home.”