Published Sep 27, 2018Distant Desires is a very appropriate title for Savana Salloum-Hedgecock's debut record. Her brooding synth-pop as Plazas often evokes senses of nostalgia or longing, and across the record, she surrounds herself with shimmering synth production to add a touch of darkness and mystery. Contrast this with her distant vocal style; at times it blends seamlessly with her synth work, other times she sounds lethargic and adrift.
The production on Distant Desires is its biggest asset, and Salloum-Hedgecock largely succeeds in putting together compelling arrangements to draw the listener in. It's equal parts dreamy and urgent, reminiscent of groups like New Order, Neon Indian or early Washed Out. It'll make you want to either dance or float away; and with tracks like "Reasons" or "Night Shift," Salloum-Hedgecock might make you want to do both.
Distant Desires has its share of highlights, like the dreamy soundscapes of "Western Reflections" or the propulsive "Ephemeral Femmes." The record also shows there's room for Salloum-Hedgecock to grow as a songwriter, and for her to find new ways to pair her voice with her strong production. It can take a little time to appreciate Salloum-Hedgecock's less direct songwriting, but those willing to invest the effort will be able to find something to enjoy. (Independent)