Comprised of Tamara Jafar and Joe Durniak, the Brooklyn-based duo of Cultfever met in 2010, and in a fashion that both Jafar and Durniak have claimed seemed fated as the duo had an instant musical chemistry. Seemingly propelled by that musical chemistry Jafar and Durniak released their self-titled debut in 2011 and the Animals EP in 2013 to critical praise across the blogosphere, with Animals being praised for “experimental tinkering and risk-taking while staying within the confines of Cultfever’s brand of electropop,” as the folks at Earmilk wrote.
Their latest single. “Youth” is a buzzing and propulsive song that reflects upon one’s youthful days when things seemed simpler and there seemed to be less worry and angst in one’s life but paradoxically enough, although the song thematically and sonically channels 80s synth pop, thanks in part to the boy/girl harmonies paired with the swooning and swirling electronics, the song manages to evoke a contemporary anxiety over aging, lost opportunities and the ambiguity of adulthood. After all, adulthood is ultimately about the uncomfortable compromise we all must make between the people we thought we’d become and the people that life has forced us to actually be, and the acceptance of the fact that most aspects of our lives are filled with fear-inducing ambiguity. But all of that belies a crafted pop song that possesses a sweetly swooning Romanticism and earnestness with infectious hooks.