Cornelia: ‘Aquarius Dreams’

By , Jul 15 2011

Available on: Camp Mozart digital

With the release of her By ‘The Fire’ / ‘Now And Hereafter’ single in February, Cornelia Dahlgren earned a position as one to watch in 2011. Two spellbinding lessons in electronic pop, they benefited in no small part from having standout remixes courtesy of TOKiMONSTA and Daisuke Tanabe. Having spent part of the year soaking up the LA sunshine with the Brainfeeder clan, she’s now back with a new release, the first on her own label Camp Mozart.

‘Aquarius Dreams’ finds the Swedish singer evoking the innocence of childhood, extending us an intimate invitation into her own imaginary world over a see-sawing riff played on a nursery keyboard. She’s accompanied by militaristic drums and soaring synth horns that build to a crescendo before dissolving in awe at the beauty of the vocal hook.

Cornelia hasn’t lost her knack for picking good remixers either, and ‘Aquarius Dreams’ is supported by three varied but equally rewarding takes on the title track. Kid Specific doesn’t hide his dancefloor aspirations, with brittle snares snapping over a bassline that curls and stretches like a cobra, while Circle Traps’ Will Ward takes the opposite approach, couching the production in a lo-fi haze that creates a sense of physical space between the music and the listener, as if the record is being spun on an ancient gramophone in the next room.

However it’s DVA’s remix that’s been getting the most attention, and it’s not hard to see why. His most ambitious and abstract work to date, each element has been surgically removed, warped and stretched beyond all recognition, leaving the track to lurch forward in a drunken dance – unique and unsettling in equal measure.

James Waldron

3.5
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