Belgian quartet Felix Pallas unveil impressive synth-pop gem ‘Similarities’

One of the greatest things happening in music right now is the pairing of pop fundamentals with limitless electronic elements. The sound has been utilised by countless artists but few are able to make the blend progressing and fresh. With no shortage of the latter, it’s safe to say Felix Pallas have another winner on their hands: ‘Similarities’.

One year after grabbing international attention with their first songs ‘RAKATA‘ and ‘Curse‘, the Antwerp-based band return with a third single which manifests their inclination towards funky production and powerful choruses surfing on the wave set by leading Flemish acts such as Oscar and the Wolf, Warhola and Bazart.

Perfectly encapsulating their special sound, yet, with a rooted sense of accessibility; Felix Pallas self-described “alien synth pop” packs a punch with its groovy basselines and polished beats while also supplying some smoothness with funky guitar licks and shining synths culminating in a remarkably powerful chorus that allows Simon Nuytten‘s compelling falsetto to soar.

Managed by Disco Naïveté, the boys of Felix Pallas (brothers Simon and Pieter-Jan Nyutten with best friends Xavier and Ziggy) created quite an imposing track highlighting their epic sound. Indeed, it is actually the result of a high-profile collaboration with Chris Zane in the studio. The New Yorker is the man behind numerous quality acts in the genre including Passion Pit and Friendly Fires.

About the superlative combo with Zane, Felix Pallas told Billboard:

We loved his work on Passion Pit – very edgy and a lot of soaring synths – and in particular the EP he did with WILLS. We sent him some demos and he was quickly convinced our collaboration could work out well. We really dig what he did to ‘Similarities’. It’s in your face, yet smooth

Needless to say, the track is a very well-rounded one which reminds me of a more modern and electronic-oriented effort from Tame Impala. In the same vein, no thirty seconds of the song sound exactly the same, and, with each listen, you’ll catch something you hadn’t heard before while also being a perfect track for singalongs thanks to its single-worded chorus and lofty synths. We can already see this one make a strong impression at Pukkelpop this summer.

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Felix Pallas‘ ‘Similiraties‘ is out via Disco Naïveté. Their debut EP is coming later on this year.

Max Keijzer

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