Worship is a beautiful, sinister affair. Riding atop a foreboding tide of a low vibraphone and measured triangle hits is Ane Brun’s yearning voice, declaring that “you never worship your life”. This refrain is echoed by collaborator Jose Gonzalez, whose sultry tones are instantly recognisable.
Over the course of four minutes and seventeen seconds, the song grows into a wholly absorbing entity. The intricate, semitonal counter melodies on the strings add an epic, almost theatrical quality that is strangely evocative of German art house cinema. There’s something undeniably creepy about Worship – the lyrics address an unnamed pessimist who refuses to see the good in his life, and the instrumentation builds an atmosphere to match. Unusual chord progressions and a soft, unrelenting beat evoke feelings of monotony and apprehension.
Despair not, listeners, for there is hope entwined in the darkness. When Brun delicately sings the lyric “my heartbeat can be your silver lining”, even the most die-hard pessimist is sure to melt a little. This is an intriguing single that gets better with every listen.
Ane Brun’s album It All Starts With One is out now
Thea de Gallier