Deep, brooding, moody music surrounds you in Amaal’s “Not What I Thought”.
Voices reach for your heart at angles in this intensely restrained banger.
Mirror, my spectre…
Show me where I’ve left my soul.
Alone, in the cold…
“You lifted me higher…”
Amaal sings soft sonic tears over sweltering airwaves in “Not What I Thought”.
“It’s in my DNA. I’m from Somalia and it’s very well known to be the land of poets. A country where the language is used as a form of poetry.”
Footsteps clamor across shaky ground as this song saunters into earshot, dancing between clicky finger-snaps and frozen claps. Angst embodies the vocals, pleading with wavering bass dub in a passionate push and pull. Percussion splits the spectrum’s mid-section to churning motion as lush layers of sound and voice haunt the mix’s edges.
“Not What I Thought” reflects lyrically on a pretty picture turned dismal memory through reality’s razor lens. The pain of an ideal shattered to splinters by a troubling truth comes to tune in this track. It’s the sound of a relationship gone awry when you’ve no tears left to cry.
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