With the stress of midterms weighing on my anxious, what-the-hell-should-I-be-expecting, freshman brain, there is literally one song that has aided me through the two-week affair. Seriously, you can ask my poor roommate, who has been forced to listen to this single tune on repeat since the moment I discovered it. Unfortunately for her, I’m not quite sick of it yet.
Over the summer, Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” was nearly obnoxiously regurgitated on mainstream radio, so I didn’t think I’d have any particular reason to listen to the song in my own personal music down time. Holy cow did I underestimate the power of duo ASTR’s cover.
The composition, mainly thanks to half of the pairing, Adam, is largely stripped down to a hollow percussion, but it simultaneously brims with glimmering underlying synths. Hailing from New York City, vocalist Zoe delivers a gorgeously sultry and warmly coy performance that could truthfully melt the hardest of hearts into a sticky, red puddle of pulsing vulnerability. Sorry to evoke semi-unfavorable imagery, but yeah, it’s that good.
I’ll just shut up now and let you listen – but be sure to check out their SoundCloud if you find yourself with some spare moments! These guys are worth a spin (or several).