This Week’s Model — Vagabon, “Water Me Down”


“Water Me Down,” the new single from Vagabon, is lovely and enveloping. A thrilling shard of neo-soul, the track boasts effortlessly elegant vocals and an array of quietly seductive synthesized sounds. What could be just another luxe come-on, hollowed out of meaning that might get in the way of the groove, Vagabon instead layers in lyrics of deep emotional resonance, detailing a dissolved romance that she is determined to make into a learning experience: “So I’ll take my time, next time/ And I’ll do it right.” The repeated title in the chorus might be an acknowledgment of the way ill treatment leads to a sense of diminished self, but the general outlook of the song is a kind reminder that a reasonable amount of water is also a requirement for a plant to grow and bloom.

The self-titled album from Vagabon, her sophomore release, arrives in stores in mid-October.

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