Belau - Rapture Ft. Kirstine Stubbe Teglbjærg - Stereo Stickman

Belau Rapture Ft. Kirstine Stubbe Teglbjærg


We are back in the nighttime rainforest for this tune, though the accompanying video would have us be 20,000 leagues under the sea at the same time.

Featuring plenty of neat twists and turns from the knob-twiddlers behind the scenes, we have woodblocks, kalimba-synth and shakers and some reverb-heavy vocals, all timorous and breathy-light in a Billie-Eilish-esque delivery from Kirstine, the featured singer.

Rapture is aptly named as it’s something of a sonic delight, with lots of layers of sound and effects revealing themselves upon multiple listens. Further, each syllable of every word feels like it’s been thought about, and they are squeezed out sparingly in a very light and frothy style, often slightly behind the beat, which feels extra cool. 

In sharp contrast, the bass synths, each time that they arrive, add a pretty fearsome sense of menace and coupled with the vibraphone/glocks that have been sent through a tremolo treatment, the whole comes together as reminiscent of Paradise Circus by Massive Attack (also known as the theme from the BBC’s Luther).

‘Every cell a shivering rapture / I wanna drown in a symphony’ goes the top of the chorus in a message of, well, desiring an experience of rapture, unsurprisingly. The lyrics are properly New Age-ish and this complements the production well – recalling Björk, but with extra reverb and a smoother deal all round.

Smart, cool, chilled and dynamically interesting, too – all topped off with a great mix and intelligent choices all round. Great!

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Chris Porter


As well as writing about music, Chris Porter is a songwriter, singer, producer & vocal coach. He has written for all manner of international artists, including Dagny, Dzeko, and hit the No.1 spot with Thailand’s Singto Numchok. His music has had thousands of placements on film, TV & radio all around the globe.

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