BEST INDIE POP: AVANTE BLACK - ACID LOVE
London-based, Swedish-born singer Avante Black sings on the certainty along with the uncertainty of love on the lysergic “Acid Love.”
Hallucinogens, specifically acid, has a way of making subtle things obvious. Air currents and eddies whirlpool in front of your eyes, while humidity rises like a desert mirage. In this heightened state, significant looks and meaningful gestures shine bright like neon signs. With this comes a higher sense of self-awareness, making it possible to realize exactly where you stand with someone and where they sit in your inner world.
AVANTE BLACK - ACID LOVE
This certainty is difficult to find in relationships, especially romantic ones. It’s to be cherished when it’s found, which is the subject matter of up-and-coming future pop star Avante Black’s newest single “Acid Love.”
“Acid Love” is pure downbeat, future r&b sultry pop goodness. Avante Black’s smooth, purring full-bodied vocals ride like a cloud of fireflies over a smooth, head-nodding bassline, laced with futuristic beat mangling. Hand claps and hi-hats are cobbled together to form a romantic pointillist pop tune, like Drake viewed through a Degas-like impressionist filter.
Similar to LSD, “Acid Love” can be both subtle and dismissable or significant and earth-shattering. It depends on how much attention you pay and how much time you spend looking for cutting-edge futuristic pop music. We spend a ton of time digging for the next new pop star, here at We Are: The Guard, so “Acid Love” has hit our system like a tab of Window Pane, and we’re flying!
J. Simpson occupies the intersection between criticism, creativity, and academia. Based out of Portland, Or., he is the author of Forestpunk, an online journal/brand studying the traces of horror, supernatural, and the occult through music, fashion and culture. He plays in the dreamfolk band Meta-Pinnacle with his partner Lily H. Valentine, with whom he also co-founded Bitstar Productions, a visual arts collective focused on elevating Pop Culture to High Art.