These Other Things is the third release from emerging Southeast England based artist A.b. Violet, and is a part of her upcoming album ‘Elemense’. The track, like its predecessors, is remarkable for a dreamy, breezy quality, as well as the singer’s distinguished vocals.
After studying music, singing and playing instruments since she was only a child, A.b. Violet comes from a place of preparedness. It so happens that she possesses that peculiar calibre in her music that often takes many years for newcomers to discover. The musician credits her sound to be influenced by greats like Annie Lennox, London Grammar, Caribou, and Hotchip. To me, her music sounds like a contemporary rendition of that of the 80’s. With dreamy background vocals, her ability to broaden her pitch, and a genuine femininity, A.b. Violet’s vocals have you hanging on each word.
These Other Things has a matured disco beat which works very well with a non-synth electronic mastering of the song. The chorus leverages A.b.’s voice for the hook, and the mellow but moving music makes you want to dance the lament. While it is a song from an aching heart that yearns for attention, the track embodies everyone who has been on the sad side of a crumbling relationship. It is this relatability and familiarity which allows the listener to connect to the pain. And yet, the gentle music urges you to move — tender and dreamy.