Personally, Emile van Dango’s impending solo project has been one of impeccably substantial anticipation for me. Ever since hearing his personal touch as The Plastics’ new guitarist on the ever-flowing and spherical “In Threes” and serendipitously discovering his own collection of (apparently) rough demos online, I couldn’t rid myself of a yearning for something more tangible and existent. After years of teasing material online cue Yellow House, the appropriate moniker for the Cape Town-based songsmith and multi-instrumentalist.
“With Yellow House I wanted to continue writing from a personal place, while at the same time keeping the music groovy. I felt that dream pop had the ambient and melodic qualities I was after, but lacked the soul and drive I found in R&B and jazz. That’s when I decided to carve out a space where I could mix and match as I pleased until I found that sound that captured everything I was after.”
A single, artistic space dedicated to effectively externalise van Dango’s internal mechanisms of vision and sound, set in motion by an emotive, eerie and groovy leading single. ‘Better Views’ encompasses a multitude of facets within just 4 minutes, allowing for an ideal preview to his debut EP “A Carnival of Fears” dropping October 21st. Placid waves of electric piano accompanied by van Dango’s slow-paced, reverb-soaked, Beatles-esque vocal tone effortlessly sooth the listener into an almost halcyon state. At the point where the track could progress in any direction, a tasteful, groovy bass line along with a moderato, simplistic electric drum pattern drives ‘Better Views’ through ripples of clean, legato, jazz-esque guitar lines and a flanger-drenched chord progression.
Propagating the desire to escape from any kind of anxiety-inducing malaise, ‘Better Views’ highlights humanity’s efforts to break free from the possibly repetitive labyrinth of city life in search of a breath of air more fulfilling and intrinsic. With Yellow House’s debut single’s earnest conviction, we can look forward to experiencing an abundance of better views in the near future.
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Listen to ‘Better Views’ below.