Fresh Kill: Xeresa
As I sat in bed, wallowing in the grotesque throes of the worst cold known to man, I found myself worried. Having spent so much time hacking and dying I was at a loss for what to review. Then I heard the new track “Raining on the Skyline” by Xeresa, the side project of French born musician Nico Beatastic.
I would like to see the listen to meet Lee set my ailment to rest through some musical Juju, nope. instead I was in treated by a beautiful song which I tried not to sneeze through. Electronic drums, dramatic strings and a vocal line bordering on heavenly (courtesy of Seashine’s Demi Haynes), propel the song and lend it a comforting feel, I like the Embrace of a loved one after one too many rough nights. It is the auditory equivalent of that bitter sweet embrace that two people give after trials, tribulations and distance apart.
There’s more than a touch of that female song alternative electronic quality that was so prevalent in the 90s. This is not a bad thing. In fact, it reinforces the wistful aspect that is obviously apparent in the words and melody of this wonderful song. There’s also cinematic feel to it as well, yes the cliche scene of two lovers making their way back to each other in the rain. Again, not a bad thing. The tracks lyrics and music bind together naturally. Yes, the clouds hang heavy in the sky, the rain cascading down, but there is a note of sweetness. An almost maternal soothing. The track is free and well worth your time, put it on your Beth Orton inspired playlist.
As for me, I’ve no doubt I’ll soon be on the mend and ready next week for an expansive review of Whimsical’s upcoming album. Check out more Xeresa at: https://xeresa.bandcamp.com/