credit: Khoa Nguyen
American synthwave project, Causeway, comprised of Marshall Watson and Allison Rae joined the iconic label Italians Do It Better in 2020. Their album, We Were Never Lost clocks in at just under 50 minutes across 11 hypnotic tracks. The album opens with Allison Rae haunting the ethereal high notes of "Let Me Love You", repeating the words "It's Alright, It's Alright". Her vocals float alongside a crescendo of sawtooth leads drenched in endless reverb. Setting the tone for everything that follows, they lay out the ground rules; sophisticated downbeat melodrama, lyrical motifs of isolation, & an ultra-vivid wall of sound. The result is saccharine pop that is absolutely mesmerizing. The mysterious duo first landed on Italians Do It Better’s radar with their standout contribution to the After Dark 3 compilation. Their romantic take on themes of love, loss, & beyond hooked their listener immediately. We Were Never Lost was awarded dream pop album of the year by The Sol of Synth. The full discography is available now on all digital formats or through the Italians Do It Better website. Stay tuned for a live shows in 2023 and more music from Causeway!
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