Dark, soulful and intoxicating. These are the best words with which to describe “Tear You Down,” the latest release from Sydney duo La Mar. The track is the follow-up single to the duo’s debut EP, Still Wild, which premiered last year on BBC1 Radio with Pete Tong’s Essential Selection.
“Tear You Down” begins with haunting lyrics – “another soul to fill the void” – and immediately you're drawn into the track's sombre and irresistible world. Melancholic piano chords fall softly in the background, as the layers of carefully harmonised vocals lead to a pulsing, shuddering synth. “I’m going to tear you down,” the vocals promise, and the bass sinks to a new depth. The low-end production is heavy and rich, and the track falls into a cinematic instrumental break filled with sparse drum beats and an irresistible bass. The vocals have a distinctive Chet Faker quality, capturing a feeling of raw energy as they soar upwards.
The production in this single is absolutely exquisite. The vocals will stay with you long after the first listen, as will the expansive soundscape of rich textures and pulsing waves.