Synth Single Review: From Apes to Angels, "Turn the Dark On"
From Apes to Angels latest single “Turn the Dark On” begins with choir-like voices that lend it a reverent feeling. Warmly pulsing synths are joined by a steady, mid-tempo beat that continues to throb out into space. The lyrics are well-written and Millie Gaum’s voice is warm and strong as she delivers them. I love the shining, rising quality of the chorus, keeping the voices forward in the mix. The melody of the song has a lovely synthpop sensibility to it.
Millie Gaum’s voice is layered to create intertwined and flowing sounds which creates some beautiful harmonic moments. The melancholy of the lyrics is well-reflected by the steadily throbbing drums and the tinges of sadness added by the synth sounds that support the main vocal melody. From Apes to Angels have done a superb job of putting the vocals forward and letting the music act as support, rather than overtaking the lyrical content and the expressiveness of the singer.
This is a song about hope fading away but also about fighting back in the face of that fading hope. The singer tells us that “they build a wall around my heart/divided us right from the start.” This song is an impassioned cry to fight back against hopelessness as the singer calls out, “Put on your armour, draw your spear/I'm not leaving you in here/I'll take your life into my hands/And free us from this barren land.”
The soaring quality of the vocals is nonetheless touched by a tinge of pain. This is a song that seems to come from a place of knowing that the odds are stacked but not willing to give up. As the lyrics say, “I don't want to hide inside/We're not meant to be divided/Stand united/Open up and let the light in.”
“Turn The Dark On” is a slice of well-considered synthpop that is lyrically and melodically strong. I’m definitely a fan of Millie Gaum’s voice and so I’ll be looking forward to hearing more of From Apes to Angels.