Naomi Pacifique – I had wanted to hold | Serene Indie Lake
Swiss-Dutch singer-songwriter Naomi Pacifique presents us a dazzling new single titled “I had wanted to hold”. She is a poet, cinema, and visual artist as well and active across the fine arts. She has been a student of both creative writing and filmmaking at Oxford University and the London Film School respectively. Therefore, both literature and films inspire her music.
“I had wanted to hold” begins with some slurred, almost lazy vocal delivery which conveys a mix of ennui and ecstatic pleasure in terms of vocal expression. The song runs for about five minutes and manages to dazzle and tickle cerebral cells in the meantime. There are jangly clean guitar tones blended with minimal percussion which work in an off-time syncopation with the lyrical rhythm. This grants a sound which is implied in the art work of the single, one being in the water. Great songwriting by Naomi Pacifique!
Vocals almost float on top of the minimal but intricate arrangement here. Arrangement elements work to beautify this aural edifice. Overall, there is excellent production on the song. Tonally this is a splendid equivalent of a cool lake bath. The rhythmic flow and feel of the song ensure that you are engaged in the track. Licks drop into the aural template like dew drops with the percussion and rhythmic elements aiding them.
This is art pop made from the influence by poets like Alejandra Pizarnik, Anne Carson, and Sharon Olds and directors like Lucretia Martel, Jaques Tati, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Based in Amsterdam, Naomi Pacifique also works in Geneva, Lima, and London.