Nora En Pure – Lake Arrowhead EP
Swiss wonderwoman Nora En Pure juggles a busy lifestyle between touring, producing and releasing one hit after the other on either Spinnin Records or her home-label Enormous Tunes. The labels latest release provides, after her overly successful True EP back in 2014 as well as her Morning Dew EP in 2015, another smashing three-track EP titled Lake Arrowhead. With her productions, Nora immerses the listener by developing deep and rich elements that progress throughout and push her music’s summer vibe into new realms.
Premiered earlier this month on Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 show, this new EP is the definition of subtle power and undeniable sensation. Furthermore it seems like the leading number from the EP, “Lake Arrowhead”, has a stronger personal meaning to the Swiss producer, as she hints at rough times, which she succeeded to endure thanks to her music. She says:
Today it’s out! Almost feels like making my soul public. Lake Arrowhead & Morning Dew have been some of the most personal works so far.. Rough times can be the beginning of something beautiful.
The EP’s title track, “Lake Arrowhead”, is an incredibly dynamic, instrumental concoction, which flaunts Nora En Pure’s capabilities as a classically trained musician and showcases her versatility as an electronic producer. Emanating a soft and peaceful glow throughout, this track blends a captivating melody, subtle claps and an uplifting beat to create a song that is both ethereal and hard-hitting in equal measure. The track’s spell-binding deep horns lend the track a well-worn, familiar feel which is so iconic and delightful that it practically begs to be performed live by the leading lady herself.
“Zambia”, is a club-ready cut, featuring house percussion and steady bass, which pave the way for the silky, alluring athmosphere drop to convince. Working her signature bouncy Deep House beat into the complex musical arrangement, the catchy hirn melody and warm, atmospheric synth-stabs ensure that the track boasts a rich texture from start to finish.
“Sleeping In My Bed” is a raw house number, which combines melancholy and intensity, and drives the track, thanks to the down-pitched vocals towards a darker beat. Chiming together the production of Nora and “Sons Of Maria”, the track integrates spacey pluck synths as well as Nora’s signature piano sound.