Water From Your Eyes' Sophomore Album Reinvents the Dancefloor

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What is dance music really? A catchy rhythm, throbbing bass line and some synths? Sure. For me, it’s usually the new wave sweethearts of New Order, or sugary indie like Alvvays that prompt some sweet movement; but more recently, it’s the indie pop duo Water From Your Eyes that do the trick. Comprised of Brooklyn musicians, Nate Amos (Opposites and This Is Lorelei) and Rachel Brown (Thanks For Coming), the pop dance project released their dance floor worthy sophomore LP All A Dance via Exploding in Sound Records, following an LP and two EPs last year. Amos and Brown produced an album where listener’s can float and ebb in between and all around each track. The arrangements are spacious and flighty and mold perfectly to Brown’s plush vocals. You’ll be on your feet right from the start. 

In the track, “We’re Set Up,” Brown’s soothing falsetto moves down the spine like a chilling breeze as they sing, “Lay down low/Disappear/They don’t know/I’m inside/Only space I can hide/Lonely place over here.” Their weightless croons match Amos’ deep stealthy rhythm that moves at a pace of a brisk walk. The last two minutes of the six minute track, Amos expertly utilizes an undulating bass line with butter-like smoothness. 

Similar to “We’re Set Up,” the first track on the album, “Let It Ring,” progresses along a fairly consistent arrangement. But, we’re just getting our feet wet. The snappy melody in “That’s The Girl,” dings as if it’s a raindrop falling into water. It’s quick and leaves a ripple once it has been immersed. It’s definitely one of the lighter and more airy tracks off the album. Less synthage, more glimmer. 

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The tracks “All A Dance,” and “Saw Them Lie,” work on a similar level as far as causing a feeling of unrest or a dystopia of the mind. “All A Dance” kicks off with spinning plucks that give off a Twilight Zone ambiance. The spiraling effect sounds quite discordant next to Brown’s velvet falsetto and the echoed clapping reminiscent of 80’s pop. “Saw Them Lie,” contains perhaps one of the most enjoyable and fluttering arrangements to tune into. Although reigning a shadowy environment, the tube-like beat makes the song wide and breathable.

Something far worth mentioning is Brown’s prolific songwriting. Probably some of their best lines are snuggled into the track, “Out Of Town.” Along with the crystallized and chirpy melody Brown sings, “You keep talking too loud/Headaches out of your mouth/Get me out of this car/Get me out of this town.” Brown further captures what it’s like to feel trapped and wanting to break away from a place or person as they chime, “Let me be in my head/Let me smoke my cigarettes/Let me take care of it/Let me do what I do best.” 

This six track album serves indie pop fans, post-punkers, and beyond-- far greater than most esteemed musicians are able to do. It’s clear with the production of All A Dance that Water From Your Eyes have expanded on what we move to on dance-floors, or maybe on what we consider a dance floor in the first place. 

-Allison Kridle   

Delaney Motter