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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


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Melbourne-based indie-pop duo Trace Decay are back with their shimmering new anthem, Surprised At Something. Alongside the release comes the announcement of their debut EP Monstrous Subconscious, set to drop next month.

The brilliant indie-pop track opens with gliding guitars and dynamic drums, before Jordan De Pas warm and soothing vocals come in to float above the track. With compelling instrumentation and a memorable guitar riff, the song crescendos to its anthemic chorus, swelling with an instrumental break before a soaring vocal performance from De Pas. There’s a quality to the track that is reminiscent of Taylor Swift’s 2012 track, State Of Grace. Both songs centre around evocative lyricism and an enthralling vocal performance.

De Pas talks shares some insight into the inspiration behind the track: “This song is about exploring self-awareness and gaining a level of introspection into the dynamics that play out around you, both physically and emotionally. It comes from the point of view of someone who can see toxic and unhealthy dynamics playing out in their everyday life, leading them to brazenly call out the fake bullshit through a dry/witty lens. The emotional turning point comes at the end of the second verse when that same person who is calling out the bullshit realises; they do the same things in their life. It’s a moment of introspection, clarity and acceptance of their own hypocrisy which allows the track to lift in insensitivity when the last chorus hits with the line ‘Who do you think you are?’, which is now redirected inwards instead of outwards. The track perfectly underpins the essence of Trace Decay’s lighter and tongue in cheek side of writing.”

Surprised At Something is out now!


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