Alina Baraz & Galimatias - Make You Feel (3:40)
It’s raining, the coffee is brewing, and you’re curled up on the bed with a blanket and an old book. You look out of the hotel window. Curves of rain run down the glass, pooling at the bottom, and distorting the unfamiliar view. It’s 2pm - though it might as well be midnight, for the light in this place is consistently hazed and coloured with a pale white-blue, regardless of the time. Make You Feel plays on the record-player that you picked up for 120 Francs, though you have a suspicion the country you’re in uses the Euro, and that the shopkeeper simply took pity on your traveller’s naivety. Things are happening; not necessarily good things, but important and tangible things, nonetheless, and that comforts you.
This track by Galimatias - who I’ve been following since his stellar EP with Joppe, “Departure” - is a gorgeous blend of vocal patter, pads, and warm percussion. Music like this makes you feel (Ha!) substantial, important. A lovely distraction from some of our usual musical humdrum, and one that’s available for free download.