Taking control of his own happiness, Australian artist Saint Barae comes to terms with his sexuality and finding happiness in “Power + Control.” Barae powerfully pairs the cosmic journey of self-discovery with his lavish tones. The composition excels in mastering a contemporary synth pop sound, as the artist alludes to various metaphors to convey the experience of being a young person struggling with their faith. As the artist explains, “the lyrics explore how important intimacy is to all of us, whether that be a spiritual kind or a physical experience with another person. I think that the message of the song overall is that faith and sexuality don’t have to be mutually exclusive things. It’s about saying, ‘fuck it’ to the ultimatum and carving out your own path as you see fit.”
One could argue that the single does in fact strike a balance between power and control. As the singer-songwriter gives way to his happiness, he’s also conscious of maintaining control over his own personal narrative. The colorful release radiates Barae’s distinct ’80s inspired sound, further demonstrating his remarkable use of hypnotic synth work and grooving bass.