Equal parts vocals and production the combined effect is something altogether calming and evocative at the same time. I was stuck trying to decide which track from Alina Baraz & Galimatias to post here. The pair have collaborated a few times – “Make You Feel“, “Drift“, and the one I heard first and I settled on here, “Pretty Thoughts“:

Alina Baraz & Galimatias – Pretty Thoughts

Alina Baraz & Galimatias - Pretty Thoughts (2013)

Alina Baraz & Galimatias – Pretty Thoughts (2013)

A diverse international partnership (eh? but there’s only two of them….!) – Alina Baraz is US-based, Galimatias is Danish producer Matias Saabye Køedt and the track was released in December on Estonia/US independent label Loodma Recordings.

The track has that trippy, chilled out feel to it that reminds me of that elusive moment when the clouds move apart to briefly move you to tilt your face towards the sunshine. That could be because that’s what I’m doing right now (!!). I hate the word “ambient”, but I love the sentiment.

Interestingly, this seems to be the evolution of a more hip hop-influenced collection of tracks posted to bandcamp by Galimatias back in 2010 to 2012….entitled Sunlight Reigns Supreme. So maybe I wasn’t that far off the mark.

Think the word I might be looking for is “smooth”…..