Ever since I first heard the track “Easy Yoke” from 21 year old Leeds-based producer and vocalist Favela a few months ago, I have found myself going back to it over and over again. There’s not much information on the musician, and his identity is still unknown (at least, to my knowledge), but I am glad that this music is available on it’s own volition. His style of electronic music is so gorgeous and sweetly mixes the beauty of love with the pain and bitterness of loss.
Favela’s Easy Yoke EP (his second) was released earlier this year and only houses three songs, but each is enough to tide you over and satisfy your ears to an elevated extent. Each is chock full of emotion, sacrifice, and purity, and has a kind of irresistible melancholy that forces you into paralysis of the best kind. “Sunlight” starts out the record on a lovely, yet slightly somber note, with shimmering synth and beats that come in after the first refrain. It’s definitely true to it’s title, considering that it literally sounds like sunlight pouring in through the trees and shining on perfectly blue water. The most beautiful thing about Favela is that he effortlessly manages to make you imagine these scenes, but they seem to change every time you listen. “Easy Yoke” starts out with these breathtaking, colorful violins that provide the emotional backbone as a whole. Of course, it’s about love, but it’s clear the concept is based on something more meaningful and poetic, due to the delicate nature of the song. It floats and drifts on these same violins until the synth and drum beats kick in, and again, it’s so amazingly sung. The vocals touch on metaphors galore, and they always mesmerize me into a trance whenever I hear them intertwine with the glorious electronic instrumentals. It’s one of those songs that’s just too beautiful for words, and in the end, it allows for the listener to provide their own meaning. The EP ends with “Throne,” another delicate, yet highly complex and fervent track. The synth and hazy vocals play around a little more here, with alterations and variations on texture, technique, and emotion. We hear a new aspect of his voice as well, and it’s more energetic and hopeful whereas the first track was dreamy and the second desolate and somber. Together, these three songs made up Favela’s second EP perfectly. Each has an intricate construction, yet individually they have a personality all their own. Hopefully soon Favela will release a full-length album soon in continuation with these tracks, but in the meantime, I’m happy to have these three as a placeholder.