“‘Stimuli’ is the materialisation of a slight identity crisis combined with falling into an odd kind of love”, says Australian-born, Stockholm-based Thomas Savage, better known as alt-pop artist Vilde of his new track. “It’s a real mess, pretty weird, quite honest and fairly loaded”, he continues.
Perhaps some of this “weirdness” comes from the fact that Thomas has been building up to the release of his debut album ‘Concoction’ in September by releasing a track a month. That kind of work ethic allows for something a little different to brew every few weeks, the freedom of writing single tracks at a time allowing the creative juices to flow. But Thomas’s description also suggests that ‘Stimuli’ is something of a rambling, chaotic mash-up. Really, calling it an “epic adventure” would probably be a lot closer to the truth.
He’s labelled it “study-dance”, and that’s a pretty apt way of describing the way in which arpeggiated synth lines and anxious beats rub up together, twisting and turning, changing tempos and introducing new elements at every turn. Thomas’s voice is one of the only aspects that ties it together, and yet each passing movement flows into each other with ease.
How any of this all manages to link together in the space of a little over three minutes is anyone’s guess; even Thomas himself thinks it’s one heck of a feat: “I love how it’s such an accurate embodiment of everything I felt at that time. I couldn’t make it again. I really wish I could remember how I came up with the time change from verse to chorus”. Even by its creator’s standards then, ‘Stimuli’ is literally unique, and its singularity should be cherished.
Get the first spin of ‘Stimuli’ below.