Sydney artists Hector Gachan and Butter Bath (aka, Toby Anagnostis) have teamed up for one of the year’s most uplifting releases, unleashing the blissful “You’ll Find Me, Beija Flor” earlier today.
With both artists having been on the scene for a few years now, and sharing a mutual love for smooth tunes and chilled, psychedelic compositions, a collaboration between the two names seemed almost inevitable. Now, Gachan and Anagnostis have shown what their collective influences can combine to make.
Equal parts euphoric and summery, “You’ll Find Me, Beija Flor” features triumphant synths and bouncy bass, with the soothing vocals of Anagnostis helping to calm the tensions that surround us at a time like this. As the pair explain though, it was this sort of global turmoil that helped the beauty of the track rise to the top.
“‘You’ll Find Me, Beija Flor’ was written in my Sydney home studio over the course of a few days,” explains Anagnostis. “We’d end up spending the first hour or so of each session discussing both the beauty and turmoil of the world we live in. The song likens it to a wild river that you are simultaneously in awe of and frightened by.”
“We didn’t go into the track with anything particular in mind. We were making it up as we were going along,” adds Gachan. “In that process though, we listened to each other’s suggestions through a call and response like manner via songwriting. For example in the chorus, we showed each other new chords.
“Lyrically it was much the same. One after the other we showed each other where we could take the song. Beija Flor is Portuguese for hummingbird. When I first heard the word I found it to be so beautiful. It sounded like spring.
“Growing up between Australia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, language has always been of a particular interest of mine,” Gachan continues. “Noticing the beautiful differences. This is a subtle homage to all the incredible music of Brazil. From Joao Gilberto and Tom Jobim to Jorge Ben Jor and Ellis Regina.”
As subtle and beautiful as the language that inspired it, and as blissful as the emotions we need in a time such as this, “You’ll Find Me, Beija Flor” is arguably one of the smoothest and most cathartic tracks you’ll find anywhere this year.
While it remains to be seen whether Hector Gachan and Butter Bath will again combine to pool their collective talents, this latest single follows on from the former’s “Seito” single from July, and the latter’s Spectator EP, which arrived back in February.
Hector Gachan and Butter Bath’s “You’ll Fine Me, Beija Flor” is out now.