Changelings is the solo project of 25-year-old Melbourne musician Jay Penaflor.
On the back of his 2016 debut Poppyfields, Penaflor established a reputation for crafting deeply infectious dream-pop tunes. Following on from that, Changelings has returned with a brand new album called From My Raygun With Love. Taking his cue from artists such as Mac Demarco, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Beach house, his second record explores a more mellow and hazy pop universe – something plain for all to see on ‘Baby We’re Falling Upwards’, the latest single from the record.
It is a meandering and shape-shifting musical journey through a world of dreamy synth-pop goodness. Reverb laden guitars, cosmic melodies and twinkling synths are shrouded in an atmospheric haze of spectral fuzz as an overwhelming sense of melancholic longing comes flooding to the fore. It’s a sweet, sentimental song that gently waltzes along with an endearing warm glow and punctured with some exquisite bouts of melancholy. Penaflor vocals (the melodies are particularly addictive) are impeccable hushed, soothing, and compelling.
Listen to ‘Baby We’re Falling Upwards’ below and while you are at it, why not try From My Raygun With Love for size? Listen here.