Azure Blue - Rise
Azure Blue - Rise
'Rise' is the fantastic new single from an upcoming album by Swedish favorites Azure Blue. A shimmering track with a rushing drumbeat topped by luxurious layers of analog synths and a Peter Hook-like bass, the song is a dream pop anthem featuring a timeless chorus and vocal harmonies from Azure Blue's long time companion The Land Below.
The single also includes 'Define Your Dreams'—a bright flare first previewed during the dark days of the pandemic with massive synth walls and lyrics that suggest that while difficult times have passed, more difficult ones may be coming.
The forthcoming album 'The Night of the Stars' promises a more luxurious form of the patented Azure Blue sound: richer, clearer, and more powerful than ever.
- Define Your Dreams
Track of the Week. There's a lot of New Order in the new single from Sweden's Azure Blue, but is that ever a negative? "Rise", out now via Matinée Recordings, is a shimmering bit of business. It's also likely the best new track you're going to hear this week. A rush of warm keyboards carries this into the atmosphere, and a listener is carried along on the hook. This is one of those rare numbers where the synthesizers provide an overarching warmth that is to be celebrated. In other hands, this might be a bit austere, but here it's all heartfelt pop. It's just a beautiful riff that is captivating here. The forthcoming album from Azure Blue, The Night of the Stars will be out on Matinée Recordings soon. —A Pessimist Is Never Disappointed (Track of the Week)
Tobias Isaksson’s Azure Blue project has always been a pleasure to pump through my speakers, and as he prepares a brand new LP, he’s dropping this absolute banger of electro pop to get you ready. You’ll need to turn this up, and immediately you’ll find yourself sinking right into the thumping rhythm of the tune, heavily washed with synths. Isaksson’s vocals craft this melodic center, able to kind of ride the synthetic pop waves working beneath. Late at night or early in the morning, this a thumping hit! You’ll find the track on the next LP, The Night of Stars, will be out soon via Matinée Recordings. —Austin Town Hall