Brighter Days banks on juxtaposition, with brooding synth lines contrasting sharply with its optimistic (if somewhat melancholy) vocal refrain. Thomasson’s ear for subtle details is second to none, as evidenced by the minute, momentary sounds that fill up all of the space during the track’s rollercoaster rises and falls. Sometimes embracing the gloom is the best way to make it through to the other side. It’s tough to say what tomorrow might bring, but wishful thinking may be all we have to get us through today.
Sem Thomasson’s Brighter Days is out Aug. 11.