Like a raging wind tearing across the Great Plains, the strings that adorn the first few bars of Sera’s “Rabbit Hole” are powerful enough to leave a path of sheer destruction in their wake, but thanks to the sublime production value of this latest single from the acclaimed singer/songwriter, they’re as palatable as the melodies they so decadently emit. We’re instantly washed away by the tidal wave of textured instrumental expression, and though it’s only seconds before we come in contact with Sera’s vocal for the first time in this song, an unmistakable mood has already been set. “Rabbit Hole” marches out of the ethers on the whim of a seductive harmony that is equal parts American and Welsh in spirit, and it doesn’t require much more than a cursory listen to understand why its composer has been attracting the amount of hype that she has been this year.
“I was a lost girl swinging on a tree / And I knew eventually you’d come looking here for me… from the other side” Sera hauntingly croons in the opening line of the song, her words sparkling with an effervescent tone that contrasts somewhat severely with the angst-ridden groove supporting her in the strings. Her vocal is sobering but rife with an emotionality that transcends the lyrics it sings ever so softly to us. It’s as if we’re horseback riding through a dark forest, unaware of whatever danger might befall us around the next stretch of trees, but Sera is there to light the road before us with her sensational serenade, which is a glimmer of hope in this otherwise grim sonic environment.
In every instance here, Sera transitions into her chorus seamlessly, and allows for the instrumental hook to erupt like a long-dormant volcano finally afforded its divine moment of catharsis. The strings soar into the sky above, as does the verse, and around two and a half minutes into the track, we float in a psychedelic holding pattern that feels like it will last for an eternity, only to be dragged asunder once more for the fiercest breakdown in the song. With that, we soon reach the conclusion of “Rabbit Hole” in a hurricane of instrumental harmonies that disappear from the atmosphere as quickly as they first appeared to us.
Whether you’ve been following her journey since the beginning or are just now finding out about Sera’s incredible sound, “Rabbit Hole” is a worthwhile acquisition for the indie folk enthusiast that enjoys alternative Americana as much as they do experimental songwriting. There’s a lot to sort through in this single, but it’s sleekly appointed with a superb master mix that makes even its most intricate of details quite accessible to both the novice listener and serious music buff alike. Sera has improved upon the blueprint set forth by her debut album, 2016’s Little Girl, in more ways than one in “Rabbit Hole,” and I’m really excited to hear what she does in and out of the studio next. She’s getting better with time, and it wouldn’t appear that she’s going to be slowing down anytime soon.