London’s Freya Beer comes as a disarming hit in the gut. On the artist’s latest single “Arms Wide Open,” there’s a state of self-reserve that has been peeled, intentional or not, from the underbelly of a relationship. The artist’s lyricism replicates the poetic composition of a caged scholar, while the musical soundscape recalls liberation. Armed with only the vibrancy of vocals and the candor of a tribalistic drum beat, “Arms Wide Open” is an inflicted baptismal.
“I tried to convey a ritual style sound accompanied by a tribal drumming beat which drives the track forward,” says the artist. “The tubular bells helped contribute towards the overall ceremonial atmosphere of the song. Lyrically, I’ve experimented with exploring the subject of talking about the darker undertones of a relationship.”
Freya acts as a silhouette of a memory held closely to the conscious rhythms. Her vocals transmute a sensual and stirring conviction that comes at the feet of remorse and forgiveness. To the self or another, it basks in a spiritual cleanse by the marriage of a beautiful production by Pete Hobbs, and once again profound drumming by Owain Hanford. Guitars reverberate the angelic melding for a crisp, and at times dreamy, exhaustion of alt-rock.
The track carries an insightful portrayal of a vigorous act of strength with a gentle, musical caress. And in the artist’s comfort of words, Freya manipulates meaning to the instrumentation’s waves for a quite vulnerable look at affection. It is captivating in each of its splendor, but does something surreal in unison; pacifying and disarming.