One imagines soft lighting, filters to cast the scene in warm colors, slow swirls of fog in listening to “Give It A Chance.” The single by Paragon Cause from its new album What We Started produced by Sune Rose of The Ravenonettes started life as a lo-fi hip-hop song but evolved into something more like the the New Wave pop R&B you might have heard in the early 80s like when Sheena Easton did “For Your Eyes Only.” And there is some of that romance to the tone of the song but in the vocals there is more of an enticement than an offering, thus the title of the song. It sounds like an invitation to attempt get two people to try loving again after getting hurt in the past and being reluctant to being vulnerable and open. The effervescent synth washes, softly accented percussion and simple keyboard melody augment the melodious vocals, drawing you into a winsome vision of possibilities without being pushy or desperate about those feelings. While invoking the moods and sounds of an earlier era of music in the end the song sounds very much of the present even as it borrows, intentionally or not, from the vibe of 70s and 80s soft rock. The production places the track in the present and its use of layered dynamics and atmospheres meticulously but subtly puts you in a nostalgic and hopeful frame of mind. Listen to “Give It A Chance” on Spotify and follow Paragon Cause at the links below.
The insistent cybernetic beat and distorted synth washes of Paragon Cause’s “Someone Else” provides a fascinating contrast with the song’s tuneful vocals. Its menace is both sonic and thematic. Like a reminder to oneself to trust one’s own instincts and perceptions rather than listening to “someone else” that might not have your best interests at heart or in matters that are better dealt with personally. The emotional urgency of the track and its enigmatic subject matter makes it seem like a good song for the soundtrack to a more fully realized film version of Æon Flux as its sound spans a 90s cyberpunk vibe and something more of the now looking forward, sounding like an edgily brooding downtempo track. Listen to “Someone Else” on Spotify and follow Paragon Cause at the links provided.