Song: Nicolas Michaux – Enemies review

By Chris Hatch

Nicolas Michaux – the Belgian-born, now Denmark-based songwriter – has this week released latest single, Enemies, ahead of second album, Amour Colère, which is out this Friday.

Enemies was written at a time when Michaux and his young family were broke, and uses his own experience of empty-pocketedness to examine ‘the slow agony of capitalism,’ and how society is reliant on money to achieve its dreams. Rented cars become homes, cans of beer become friends, while realtors, newscasters, and cold winds are his enemies. But rather than the dark, gloomy track you’d expect, Enemies is a cool, considered slow-funk slink. Its bassline is Billie Jean walking through deserted, run-down streets, while its guitars offer up sparkling, chiming glimmers of light that trickle through the twilight. Much like last single, Parrot, there’s a tight, economical approach to production – a move which gives Enemies a tense, moody air.

While Enemies doesn’t have an obvious hook or chorus, it’s the kind of grower that slowly works its way into your conscious, and further demonstrates Michaux’s considered approach to songwriting, both musically and lyrically.

To find out more, check out our interview with Nicolas here.

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