Perhaps the most intriguing part of the song “Highways” by The Safety Word is how the electronic instrumentation and the Binocular-esque vocalization bring about an engrossing stillness. It makes for a unique, otherworldly atmosphere that draws inspiration from new romantic and chillwave sensibilities.
Its deep-driving tempo complements the soothing vocals beautifully, and the calculated modulations only bring the overall vibe to ambient heights. There’s a clever use of musical irony by having the music go up as the line “falling down” is sung.
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There are plenty of subtle touches that show how much thought and passion went into this track. That passion shines through the music and slowly makes its way into the listeners’ ears. The song goes on a journey, and it takes along with it whoever is listening.
Stream “Highways” below.
J.K. Balod has his quirks. He’s an aspiring writer who prefers to eat donuts when watching movies because he just can’t stand the sound popcorn makes. He likes to read books upside down and has mastered the ability of eating soup with a fork.