Already synonymous with sonically intricate pieces and considered masters of the idiosyncratic track, SAFIA have absolutely delivered the goods with their dynamic debut album, Internal. No two songs are alike, likely due to the fact that the group ‘let them wheels roll’ for as long as was necessary in order to produce a quality track-list. Although fans were chomping at the bit in anticipation of this release, it was definitely worth the wait (a point their ol’ tour-mate Lorde, was trying to get across this week).
Together, Locked Safely: A brilliant example of the aforementioned intricacy, evident in the amount of complex layers and tiny effects, that when arranged demonstrate the detail SAFIA quite obviously pour into their work.
Fake It Til The Sunrise: They’ve played around with the sound balance on this one. It’s aurally quite trippy! Elements of the music as well as Ben’s vocals through select parts of the song fade between your ears from left to right & it feels weird! Good weird.
Over You: Good luck getting this shit out of your head. Released at the very end of June and then on continuous repeat in the heads of unwitting listeners ever since, there was no sign of stopping this ear-worm until... Enter the next track Bye Bye.
Bye Bye: Excluding Embracing Me, Bye Bye is definitely the standout track of the album. It’s too easy to say that it’s so different from anything heard before, but it’s literally amazing that a group with such a distinct/signature sound - you know it’s them as soon as you hear their music - manage to create tracks that sound nothing alike... if that makes sense.
Close To You: If you do manage to get to sleep, no doubt after a seemingly never ending session of counting sheep, then this is what a dream would sound like. You know, where one minute you’re you and the next you’re another person floating in air, before being chased by something. It’s the musical way of explaining a dream sequence, other than through interpretive dance.