A trans-Atlantic production created in New York City apartments and a dorm room in Berlin, “This Far” is a dreamy indie-pop song two years in the making. An atmospheric and hazy track filled with emotive words of love, the good and the bad, “This Far” sounds like a distant dream.
Hailing from Boston and New Zealand, frequent collaborators chabeau and Livia O drew inspiration from The Japanese House and Beau Diako to create this dreamy pop song in an odd meter. Now based in NYC, multi-instrumentalist producer chabeau creates fresh soundscapes that leave listeners feeling…well, feelings. There’s a lot that can be said and felt through sound, and it’s safe to say chabeau has unlocked the secrets to evocative production. 22-year-old Livia O has been writing songs for over a decade, but on her 2020 debut single “Heaven Sent,” Livia found herself opening up in ways she never expected. Informed by her travels, her relationships, and the various places she’s called home, she sees her music as advice, meditating on the process of growing up and figuring out who you are.
With “This Far,” the pair create deliver to listeners what a “dream-pop” track should, from the genre classification, should sound and feel like. Complementing Livia’s softened vocal tones, the production is slow-driving and calming, bringing listeners into a lull as the story in the lyrics progresses. The tempo feels a bit off, but that’s part of the inspiration and the charm. Listeners travel on the journey that extends from the first “I love you” to the changing seasons to moving beyond the grief of goodbye. With each stage, the production drifts into a new realm of the delicate soundscape. While the tones overall remain hushed and gentle, there’s unmistakable brightness that signifies the lyrical shifts. Allow yourself to be swept into the world of “This Far,” even if only for 2 and a half minutes.