“Ai Rising – Remix Version” brings the electronic pop energy that the artist fuses with a joyful melody line and a gentler sounding set of verses that contrast really well with the hook. The awesome soundscape and the song is a lot of fun, and the artist has a particular sound right now that is quite unique – especially for a solo artist.
What’s interesting about this piece of music is that the vocal performance really stands in contrast in many ways with electronic music. The voice is drenched in reverb, and quite unexpectedly drenched furthermore in a rather genuine sounding level of emotion and fret. If at first, it feels like sarcasm, later on, it really starts to feel like depth. It’s the musicality that does this at first, then the closer you try to listen, the voice itself bears something very close to honesty – which suddenly makes perfect sense when you’re knee-deep in the overall sound and instrumentation. As is the case with a lot of Popcypher’s songs, the music has a sound that is creatively and expressively free, and this takes shape in whatever ways the artist deems fit at the time, which keeps things consistently interesting.
Much more than this though is the fact that the very heart of these tracks, the essence of the songs, the songwriting, and the creative reach itself – is always, always, of a strikingly high level. This song builds up an audio theater of sorts, flooding your mind with atmosphere, a very real and undeniably raw sort of atmosphere, and making you really want to listen hard to make sure you don’t miss any of the lines – the fear of missing the point of the song, or the line that makes it all clear, is very real. You’re definitely doing something right if that’s a concern you can draw from your audience. It’s also yet another song that will send you away singing its hook, perhaps humming or even just thinking it, uncontrollably, for (quite possibly) the rest of your day.
It’s enjoyable to stumble upon an artist with this kind of pop style; the music comes across as more organic, maybe even more accessible than a lot of tracks that use a heavier set of mixing sounds and effects. You can picture the live show already, from the recording, and that’s always a huge benefit when discovering a new musician or band.