“I’ll never let you go, or lose hope.”

“Golden Soul” by Polartropica | Without the back story, “Golden Soul” – the latest single from Los Angeles-based Polartropica, aka Ihui Cherise Wu – sounds like nothing I have encountered before. Yes, I know that reads much like the press release, but I’m buying that and I believe that. It’s definitely drenched in psychedelics, but there are traces of Chinese classical in there, or I am reading a lot from her Taiwanese heritage. With the back story, though, “Golden Soul” is a tragic piece of escapism. Dedicated to a friend who spiraled into opioid addiction, the song transforms into a vision for what should be, what is, and the lengths one will go to bridge the two. And then it drowns you. [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)

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