SINGLE REVIEW, DO YOU WANNA DANCE
New Australian music artist, Tarini, has just released her single ‘Do You Wanna Dance’. But before you go ahead and slip into your dance gear take note that the title does not necessarily give away all that much, all is not what it seems.
…it is Tarini’s performance which is ultimately the real mood source. At times calibrated to a whisper and during others, a more vehemently vulnerable tone is revealed.
The track begins as if it is about to tickle our senses with some kind of Radiohead slice of somnolence circa Kid A, but it soon becomes an altogether different musical vehicle. Tarini’s glossy yet feathery voice sees to that. Utilising a fairly satisfying melody, and eventually layering that with her own voice, a blend of other voices and a smattering of background reverb-soaked noise tinctures, a cycled section soon wraps up until the next, enabling a hook with which to hang onto and that also helps Tarini and us change gears.
Cue the R&B slash trap robo kit, complete with 808 sub bass, a rhythmic change that merely paves the way for yet another change, quite a seductive, stark break down of voice and piano. There is a mood here, that’s for sure; complete with an unsuspecting arrangement, of sorts, which no doubt assists in the mood-creating. But perhaps it is Tarini’s performance which is ultimately the real mood source. At times calibrated to a whisper and during others, a more vehemently vulnerable tone is revealed. Both seem to work well, enhancing the dynamic range, contributing to the hybridisation.
As some of Tarini’s quotes venture to explain, ‘Do You Wanna Dance’ does, in fact, allude to enjoying one last amorous hurrah, or a hurrah amid the chaos of a dissembling relationship, and this may well be one of the most persuasive characteristics of the track; hidden beneath the confines of the polished come-hither of the voice is another, silkily beckoning, almost ensnaring, actually. As Tarini has said about the origins of ‘Do You Wanna Dance’, “I wrote this song in my car. I was really overwhelmed and consumed by a situation one of my good friends was stuck in. It’s about the kind of romance where you long so deeply for someone and regardless of how beautiful the actual connection between you and this person is, this said person is always pulling you and the relationship into a negative space and complicating things.”