“You will never breathe again”, calls the haunting opening gambit of Makala Cheung’s latest single, ‘A Little Deeper’. The melodies and dystopian ambience chosen here do a lot to recall zany greats like Kate Bush or Tori Amos, a far cry from the dancefloor-ready results of her previous collaborations.
Her trademark mix of Eastern and Western sounds is in subtle effect, but the big beat manifesto has been swapped out for sombre piano-work and bags of space to swim around in. Something of a slow-burner, Makala is in no rush on this one, nor is she hiding behind any grandiose arrangement; just solid songwriting which could even mark a turning point in her underground pop career.
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