Nightjarr is a new electro-dance project from Australian/Hong Kong artist Bernice Au, who has already developed an infectious sound that can be compared to a cross between Flight Facilities, Cosmo’s Midnight & Bag Raiders.
Now she’s back with a scintillating single, a beautiful fusion between lofi and house, titled “Holding Onto Time” with the beatific vocals of Jingle. It’s a hazy experience, as Nightjarr masterfully weaves haunting melodies into a groovy backbeat that only makes you want to repeat it by the time you get to the end.
This track is about our perception of time and how it can be affected by certain things. It always reminds me to let go of the things that don’t serve us and enjoy the little things. I started the trail just before having double ankle surgery in 2021 which meant I couldn’t walk for 6 weeks while recovering so I had a sense of urgency to do the rough draft.
The track was done in two summer sessions, and I really wanted to capture that carefree vacation vibe. I had a lot of fun playing around with samples, tweaking subtle elements, building up drums and percussion elements to work around the samples and arranging the track. Originally it was going to be an instrument, but when Josh (Jingle) heard the track, he wanted to write lyrics and add vocals to it.
His lyrics are inspired by the perception of time and how it has been affected by the lockdown. How an endless experience can, in hindsight, end in a flash. ~ Nightjarr