In general, I don’t care for electronic music. But every now and then I’m enticed by the dramatic drops, distorted vocals, and hauntingly catchy beats that define some of today’s better electro-pop. Troy Samuela and Monsoonsiren’s freaky-awesome “Fiend” is one such example – and I can’t get it out of my head.
“Fiend” is the first single from new music and art outlet Foreign Family Collective, which is spearheaded by electronic duo ODESZA (you may have heard of them, seeing as they’re the darlings of this year’s festival season). It’s an unusual collaboration between two artists who have both worked with ODESZA but have strikingly different sounds. Monsoonsiren’s take on electronic is atmospheric and dream pop-y (think Baths) while Samuela’s is heavily reliant on hip-hop influenced beats. Surprisingly enough, the two sounds combine beautifully and intensely. The song is complicated – a hint of R&B here, a little dubstep there, smooth, wispy vocals tying it all together – and yet, it’s approachable even for electronic music noobs like myself.
All in all, “Fiend” is a solid track from a solid team. I recommend listening while studying, working, brooding, or perhaps walking down a dark alley and feeling kind of badass. I’m looking forward to hearing more from both of these artists, as well as from Foreign Family Collective. And I’m definitely planning to listen to this track on repeat at least three more times.