Perpacity is an electronic music act comprised of British singer-songwriter, composer and producer Ian Harling and Danish singer-songwriter, composer and producer Martin Nyrup (Martin is a also a member of Danish Electronica act Oui Plastique, whose single “The Fear” I reviewed last year.) They’re both accomplished musicians, with over 20 years of experience, and from what I’ve been able to discern from their website and social media accounts, have been collaborating for nearly a decade. Their sound is characterized by haunting melodies, lush electronic soundscapes and driving beats, with thoughtful and compelling lyrics. And while their social media following is rather modest, they have over 3,100 followers on Soundcloud, an impressive figure for an independent music act.
The released their debut album The Sinner Inclination in 2015, consisting of a previously-written catalogue of early instrumentals and songs. Since then, the prolific duo have released scores of singles and three more albums: Arise, The Order of Now and, most recently, Conflagration in 2020. Now they’re back with a new single “Granite“, along with a B-side “Never Let Go“, both of which will be included on their forthcoming fifth album Discordia. The songs explore the seemingly conflicting aspects of love lost and love found. Martin produced, mixed and mastered both tracks, and Ian produced the video for “Granite”.
Perpacity states that “‘Granite’ is about love lost and the repercussions that follow, finding that you are suddenly alone and vulnerable, whereas ‘Never Let Go’ is its opposite, about love found and the strength and cohesion it brings.” Both songs have a haunting, rather enigmatic vibe, but that’s where the similarities end. “Granite” features a insistent thumping beat, overlain with a pulsating synth bass groove and mysterious swirling synths. Ian’s low-key vocals nicely convey a sense of sad resignation as he contemplates a love that’s slipping out of reach, never to return.
Reading in Fahrenheit, I'm in flames, But I feel colder than the rain you left me in again today. Bleeding but sanitised, There's no pain, But every little raindrop, Is burning in my veins. Don't let it rain anymore. I'm washing away I'm not stone. Don't let it rain anymore, I'm slipping now don't let me go. Nearing the danger line, Overflow, And the clouds that gather round my head are greyer than before. Drowning in real time, You couldn't wait, You found a friend for shelter, And let me liquidate. Don't let it rain anymore. I'm washing away I'm not stone. Don't let it rain anymore, I'm slipping now don't let me go. Hvad som kommer er mit Som i hvileløst granit
“Never Let Go” is more introspective, with a gentle, cinematic soundscape that nicely complements, but never overpowers, Ian and Martin’s enchanting vocal harmonies. The moody atmospheric synths and softly soaring strings are really captivating, and I think I actually prefer this track.
I was in denial, I love LOVE, that you see me. So let me stand trial, I love you, now hear me. I looked to the stars I love LOVE, when you´re near me. I carry all the scars, You see them, you feel me. You´re my seed to everything And with water we´ll grow And I´ll give you anything Just you hold on and never let go You´re always by my side You´re loved LOVED, and I'm near you When worlds they collide Together, I´m with you You and I have come far You´re loved LOVED, and I am with you I'm with the northern star Everything shines up, when with you
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