Surrender by EHLE is a seductive and bold track that combines elements of rock and alt-folk to create a confident anthem that walks the line between intimate and evil brilliantly.
The song opens with this syncopated guitar part that establishes the melody nicely. As the vocals begin to come in, the guitar works almost like a call and response, reacting to their impact on the melody. The opening narrative conveys a story of seduction. The speaker channels a sense of power through the lyrics but more so in the delivery. There is a confident assuredness to her voice that comes across as deeply charismatic, with a cadence that reminded me a little of Amy Winehouse. The vocals play with vulnerability and confidence, at points feeling subtle and ethereal before belting out an aggressive yet seductive chorus. That diversity in sound keeps the audience on their toes but also mimics the duality of this track, feeling both exciting and controlling.
The sexual imagery soon shifts to a more aggressive and controlling energy. The line “I bet I can make you scream” sounds familiar in a track about sex but with the line “when you find you can’t get out” it takes on an entirely different context. It gives the speaker a siren-like quality. They draw in people and trap them with their allure.
The real genius of this track is in the way it uses the guitar. It moves through its register, mimicking the sound of a person shrieking, sounding like halfway between a moan and a wail. That sound perfectly captures the vibe of this track in a nutshell. It’s an inspired sonic choice that connects the narrative to the instrumental in a genuine way.
Overall, this track impresses me with its commitment to a specific vibe, exploring sexuality in a unique, slightly terrifying, and claustrophobic way.