'Butterfly Melt,' by Anda Volley.


Southboro singer-songwriter Anda Volley has always been riding the edge of experimental music, but with the new music video for her song "Butterfly Melt,'' she's pretty much abandoned linear songwriting entirely. The result is a moody, hypnotic patch of musical fog, with synthesized sounds and digitally altered vocals coalescing into something beautiful and otherworldly.

It's not that this piece of electronica is revolutionary: This brand of ambient music has been around for a while now. No, the trick with this sort of thing is to find some sort of underlying structure to a sound that's otherwise amorphous, one that doesn't have the advantage of bass or percussion keeping time signatures. Synthesized notes stretch into infinity, echoed by a pulsing electronic sound that's pushed to the background. When the vocals arrive, they're likewise almost subliminal, oozing their way forward through the molasses-thick electronic soundscape, becoming more a call to prayer echoing across a foreign city. There is...

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