“What if I wanted more? What if I wanted less?” sings Silver Swans vocalist Ann Yu on the synthpop duo’s new single “Let It Happen” from the forthcoming Forever full-length. Yu’s vocals float in the air, the ambivalent romance of the lyrics matched by cavernous open spaces that hang between tropical synths and stuttering 808s. The sonic pallet is similar to Deep Cuts-era The Knife, where sunny Caribbean rhythms are darkened with longing. It’s a beautifully sparse piece of pop from the San Francisco band, and as catchy as it is contradictory.
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