Anjalts’ “Code Blue” feels like a dreamy blend of electro-pop, chillwave, and dream pop draped over a trellis of solid instrumental fundamentals that I’ve come to appreciate from a rising artist. With galaxies of synth, pulsing beats, and a heavy gothic undercurrent reminiscent of Siouxsie And The Banshees, “Code Blue” is a haunting swan song for our tech-saturated age.
Navigating a crowded music scene can be somewhat like ruthlessly throwing darts in the hopes one might hit the target. Anjalts takes a disparate approach, soaring over genres and era-specific sounds in her uniquely formulated work. The songstress can be situated somewhere in the complex interplay between the new-wave nostalgia of Tame Impala and The Weeknd, while subtly retaining her distinct identity.
Entering the scene from her 15-song album project “Air to Fire”; Anjalts successfully hones her blend of synthesized soundscapes and emotionally vocal performances, creating an auditory experience that is uniquely Anjalts. She’s not trying to reinvent the pop wheel, but rather, finds her vibe in the explorative, layered soundscape that strikes first, the heart, and then, the intellect.
The crux of “Code Blue” can be best decoded within the heartrending, intuitive lyrics. Anjalts bravely delves into the turbulent waters of the modern human condition – examining the impact and aftermath of cyberbullying on today’s youth. She rings an emergency bell, drawing inspiration from the very signal used in hospitals during a crisis: Code Blue. It’s think-piece-pop, a genre bubbling into the underbelly of the mainstream for its fearless critique of social constructs.
Yet, it isn’t just the powerful narrative that takes the limelight in “Code Blue.” There’s something nostalgic about Anjalts’ approach—you find yourself hearkening back to the early 2000s electropop wave but with robust use of contemporary production techniques. Her vocals vacillate appropriately between the ethereal to the grounded, commanding authority over the contrasting instrumentals—an excellent embodiment of dynamic female artistry.
“Code Blue’s” place in the canon of growing artists can’t be overstated. While some artists play it safe, staying within the confines of popular aesthetics, Anjalts curates a brave new sonic landscape. Implicitly, she implores us to consider the unbalanced relationship between technology and the emerging reality.
The beauty of “Code Blue” comes from its ability to find tranquillity amidst the chaos, to find the melody amidst the noise. From the US-based artist, we expect to see more captivating stories untold, and more genres yet unexplored.
Emotionally resonant yet compositionally complex, “Code Blue” is undoubtedly the kind of track that leaves an indelible impact on its listener—truly a testament to the power of a well-crafted song. If this is a testament to Anjalts’ future musical output, we’re in for a markedly profound era of pop culture.