Our first date with Seatraffic came last August when the A-side from their “Crimes” 7″ was included in a Sunday Sampler. Since then, the San Francisco duo has been working on refining their dreamy synth-pop in advance of a new series of new singles and it’s clear they deserve the benefit of the full spotlight here.
“Superficial Heart” is set amid a firmament of flickering synthesizer notes and a simple drum pattern which create a transfixing, dreamy groove. Vocalist Mark Zannad stretches out each mid-range note until they nearly become part of the song’s ethereal drone. His style is a superb match for the song’s central lyrical concern, an introspective chorus that wonders, “What do you want, superficial heart?”
The production on “Superficial Heart” never feels too dense–there is always sunlight peeking through, shimmering on the surface–part of which can surely be credited to producer Nic Pope who has previously highlighted that same sensibility in the work of Twin Shadow and The Morning Benders. That sense of balance between lightness and substance is what makes this track stand up so well to repeated listens and makes us excited for the other singles and (hopefully) debut LP ahead.
Click here to listen to the Superficial Heart single on Spotify.
PS – Seatraffic released the second single in this series, “Tempo of Regret,” earlier this week.