FUSHIA‘s two members are twin sisters, but they don’t see each other all that often. Well, not in person, at least—Mathilde Clara Nyegaard and Nathalie Julia Nyegaard communicate over Skype these days, now that one lives in London and the other in Stockholm. Among the many things they talk about during their Skype chats is their music, which they work on by sending snippets of ideas to each other on the platform; the environment and culture of each sister’s current city is both a source of inspiration and a fundamental factor in how a FUSHIA song is formed.
Their physically distant songwriting methods have already proven fruitful. “Transparent Girls,” the duo’s newest single, posits synthpop as high art: The way that the booming kick drums that reverberate through the bottom of these songs contrast with the Nyegaard sisters’ soaring, robust vocals makes the track sound like it was recorded in the middle of an art museum. The song’s production simultaneously knocks hard and feels as considered as an Impressionist painting.
The notion of musical expression as high art couldn’t be more on point for the subject matter of “Transparent Girls.” On the track, the Nyegaard sisters meditate on diving so deep into one’s thoughts that the little voice in the back of one’s head stops acting as background noise. When that voice instead jumps into the driver seat, the loss of control can be so immense, the sisters argue, that dissociative effects can occur. Just as a massive, fancily framed piece in the Guggenheim might, “Transparent Girls” explores ideas that will never quite be tangible using images that people can understand.
According to a press release, the Nyegaard sisters write about “their relationship with feminism, greed, and hopelessness and reflect on how it is to live in a world where people suffocate in possibilities and where time is the most valuable currency.” “Transparent Girls,” a rumination on how it feels to lose control to oneself, is a remarkable statement on these ideas. Separated by time zones or not, these sisters make introspection seem effortless.