Toronto based indie rock musician and singer-songwriter Andrea de Boer aka Civil Wray sculpts a masterpiece with her latest “Sparkle”. Containing elements of artist like Pink Floyd, Fiona Apple, David Bowie, and Tame Impala, Wray casts magic with the help of amazing production by producer Matt DeMatteo.
Civil Wray’s “Sparkle” is a mesmerizing track that captivates the listener right from the start. The recurring clean synth lick in the beginning and steady beats provide a strong foundation for the soundscaping background. The vocals beautifully walk around the arrangement, creating starry nocturnal vibes that are simply breathtaking.
As the chorus hits, the guitars enter, and the track becomes grander. The well-balanced guitars and other synth production elements are a spectacle to behold. The drums and riffs are placed perfectly, and the chorus is nothing short of magical. The chord progression, vocals hitting the high notes, combined with the guitars, synths, and drums, all hit a sonic climax, leaving the listener in awe.
The transition from chorus to verses is smooth and effortless, creating an ethereal dream pop experience. After two verses, the song moves to a reggae feel with clean, stretched-out guitars, moving into a bridge section that takes the song’s pace forward. It feels like the energies in “The Great Gig in the Sky” by Pink Floyd have been redirected in a song format that is unique to her. The lyrical theme of the song is about the feeling of loss that arises when we confront the realities of our existence but also its counter, that love can provide hope and meaning.
With “Sparkle” the creativity and talent of Civil Wray are showcased. It is a must-listen for anyone who loves dream rock and pop, and indie rock, with some elements of progressive music.
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