Essentials: “Slow Burn” – Crywolf

The fourth single off Crywolf‘s impending album Cataclasm, “Slow Burn” is an R&B saturated instrumental with a hint of rock edge in the vocals. Upon hearing the track, I was immediately reminded of Jonny Craig‘s sultry delivery on Dance Gavin Dance‘s 2011 song “Blue Dream” – Crywolf’s chillingly aching falsetto harbors elements of Craig’s raw, vulnerable timbre. “Slow Burn” is drenched in desire; it’s evident that Crywolf sought to capture the essence of a longing that’s manifested into a need. The Los Angeles lyricist and producer contextualizes his song, writing,

“100 billion humans have lived and died over the course of history. If ghosts are real, there are 14 of them for every living person. Sometimes I’m convinced that they are real; I feel like I sense them daily — Permeating my skin as I spill my coffee. Exploring the crevices of my lungs as I breathe in and out.

Sillage (n) – the scent that lingers in the air, the trail left in the water, the impression made in space after something or someone has been and gone; the trace of someone’s perfume.

Slow Burn is about the imprint a person leaves on you after they are gone… The particular shape of their absence. The realization that they are now just as defined by that absence as they once were by their presence. They are gone, but they won’t leave. Burrowed deep in your head, swimming around through your synapses… A nostalgia so strong that it’s painful.”

Let “Slow Burn” haunt you, and listen to more Crywolf on Soundcloud. If you like what you hear, Cataclasm is available for pre-order on iTunes.