Shy Wave – “Two Glasses of Wine”
About a month ago, filmmaker-turned-musician Namq Kang made his debut as Shy Wave with “I Hate Kids”, a sample-infused hip-hop track that caught our attention. Recently he’s followed it up with “Two Glasses of Wine”, a one-off single for Valentine’s Day that doesn’t seem to be on his debut album, Mood Swings, out this summer.
That’s a shame, because “Two Glasses of Wine” is a fervent track that captivates you with little more than scattered samples of a night out and a looping beat. While “I Hate Kids” (still love the name, by the way) leans more towards old-school hip-hop, “Two Glasses of Wine” is more abstract. Perhaps the best word to describe it is “sporadic”.
In just under two minutes, Kang throws in sounds of glass clinks, chopped up conversations, alien beeps, mellow bells, and a guitar riff here and there–taking you on a whirlwind of a journey. Even though the details are scant (we’ll never know what that sampled conversation was about), there’s a story here that is being told in between the lines.
“Two Glasses of Wine” is sonic impressionism at its best, and we’re eagerly waiting to see what’s next for the mood-shifting musician.
Li-Wei Chu is the chief editor of From the Intercom. When he’s not editing drafts and searching for new artists to cover for the website, he loves watching cult films, cooking, and listening to his ever-growing collection of vinyl records. You can follow him on LetterBoxd and make fun of his taste in movies here!