CURRENT: Beta Frontiers – “So Cold” (feat. Carmen Elle)

Behind an irresistible synth-based melody, Carmen Elle of DIANA delivers one of the year’s finest vocal performances, conveying equal parts sympathy and hard-nosed reality. “He tries and tries / but he won’t succeed,” she sings before the chorus kicks in. A little later on, Elle sings, “You’ll never have what you’re longing for,” a proclamation delivered as much to a wider audience as it is to herself. After hearing “So Cold,” it’s hard to imagine what Elle, or Michael Butler (aka Beta Frontiers) could be desiring beyond all else; with “So Cold” serving as evidence, it’s apparent they’ve already mastered the art of pop songwriting and performance.

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