Emerson Leif‘s debut track “Hesitate” started as a 30-second sample and has turned into a Bon Iver-esque journey about Life.
Emerson Leif and Golden Vessel have been friends for years and already worked on some Golden Vessel‘s tracks in the past. This is probably why this collaboration sounds so natural and fusional. At the beginning, “Hesitate” was a simple 30-second sample of Emerson Leif‘s voice. As the artist detailed:
I had loaded all these effects on it until the vocal sounded more like an organ. The sample always felt like it had possibilities, and I knew there was a song there every time I listened to it.
From this sample, they have achieved to create lush arrangements and to turn it into an organic meditation of open-mindedness which is reminiscent of Bon Iver‘s work on their last album “22, A Million”. The single is beautifully crafted and brings us into Emerson Leif‘s personal journey. About “Hesitate” essence, the artist explained:
I found myself feeling very alone and without purpose. I could not accept that we just exist: eat, sleep, work, repeat. We are sold a kind of ‘happiness’ like it’s something we can work towards but what’s on offer is fleeting, if at all.This particular track was the beginning of a journey for Leif as he began to explore life’s greatest philosophies, most notably the idea of God. I had many questions about life but the greatest question was one of God. Or better yet, one for God. “Are you there?” Honestly, religion just felt so tired and insular. I wanted something tangible. I wanted to find truth. The idea of searching is perhaps most terrifying, because what if one finds nothing.
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