Opinion Review

The Vanilla: Canopies

Spring time always needs a bit of sticky-sweet indie-pop to usher in the warmer weather. And The Vanilla is right up that alley with a brand new single hot off the press. The Cape Town-based foursome have made their impressive rounds in the short 18 months they have been together, already having played Oppikoppi, Up the Creek and Lush, as well as having nabbed themselves a Kirstenbosch slot earlier this year alongside December Streets.

Theirs is a bubblegum pink indie-pop sound, offset nicely by their oh-so-macho hipster front. ‘Canopies’ is steeped in summer nostalgia and whiffs of hot, sunny days and melting vanilla ice-cream. Co-written by December Streets’ own Tristan Coetzee, the track is bred for radio play.

Growling vocal hums open the song on a decidedly South African note, a welcome slant on a straightforward genre. It however seems to lose momentum by the time it reaches the chorus, whose layered vocal melodies are a little too on par with the verses to stand out as they should. Nevertheless, it is a catchy springtime anthem whose rather underwhelming ending is made up for in gripping hooks.

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Listen to ‘Canopies’ below.