A haunted patchwork of a pop tune, “Tempo Freddo” is centered on a powerful vocal melody that keeps the song grounded as it undergoes constant metamorphosis.
At turns, we hear subtle funk rhythms, spectral choirs, soothing fragments of blues solos, surf rock-esque guitar twangs, mournful yet comforting music box lullabies, and drum hits echoing from the abyss. The song brings us to the nexus of the material world and the spirit world, with residents of each plane parading through. Yet Rubywave’s unfaltering vocal performance insistently forges on, unwilling to be overtaken by the chaos.
It is persistence in a world filled with distractions and obstacles, and persistence prevails.