Last year, Russian artist Aftruu (aka Enviado Vida) joined forces with Norwegian singer, songwriter, and producer Astroleaf on "I've Been Letting Go Of You," an especially soulful debut collaboration, from two esteemed veteran talents in our ranks. Returning this year for an equally memorable sophomore effort, Aftruu and Astroleaf now present "Rewind To Remind," a deep and dark gem that delivers a ferocious climax; Aftruu also provides the B-side "Tribute To Me," a much lighter and more atmospheric aural affair.
Kicking off the EP, "Rewind To Remind" begins with the foreboding, muddled din of city traffic, late at night in the city. Bellowing bass swells reinforce the ominous aura, as does the emergence of Astroleaf's hypnotic falsetto. The instrumental continues to crescendo, ultimately enveloping Astroleaf's repeating refrain, eliciting a heightened level of suspense and anxious excitement in the listener. Finally, a formidable drop sequence, which moves to and fro with an infectious swing, is unleashed, thereby (exquisitely) releasing the song's palpable tension.
The B-Side, "Tribute To Me," is a solo offering from Aftruu, and it proves to be a soothing sonic counterpoint to the title cut of the release. An exceedingly gentle house beat patiently enters the mix, as dreamlike textures engulf the soundscape. The atmospheric layers continue to unfurl and take myriad shapes and textures, allowing the listener's imagination to escape the rigid confines of quotidian, existential struggles. Just before the song's midpoint, the listener is treated to an ethereal breakdown sequence, in which a deliberately muffled piano theme conveys a gentle, yet poignant expression of hope and resilience. In the remaining minutes of the arrangement, the listener continues to drift into a deep reverie — one that shields humanity from indiscriminate suffering and offers only the promise of everlasting peace.