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The Daily Feature: The Soothing Sounds of T.O.L.D.’s “Drink the Water”

Today’s song is “Drink the Water” by British indie folk/indie rock artist T.O.L.D. The pentacle point of the song is the vocals, which are composed of various vocals layers. One layer is the fast-paced tenor vocals that sing a lyrical theme of “Drinking the Water” over and over. The other layer is the ambient, choir-like lower tenor part that just comes in and out throughout with its soothing “aahs”. Then midway, there is a high-pitched tenor vocal that takes the main stage with its staccato melody.

Although the instrumentation is very minimal in “Drink the Water”, it is key to the song as its synthesized sounds help to create the ambiance. You can hear it come in at the beginning with a crystalized sound that sets the soothing mood. The instrumentation reappears throughout the sound with this synthesized tone to help remind listeners of the mood.

A ambient track that has gorgeous vocal layers, “Drink the Water” by T.O.L.D. is a must-listen for this weekend!

Make sure to check out “Drink the Water” by T.O.L.D. down below and let me know what you think in the comments!

About the Artist: T.O.L.D.


T.O.L.D., also known as The Order of Life and Death or Daniel James Smith, is a British singer, songwriter, and record producer based in Los Angeles. Smith got his start in the London underground — where he experimented with different facets of pop music and self-released his own material — and moved to Los Angeles in 2014, where he began work on T.O.L.D.

His first release, the Heaven EP, was produced by Birgir Þórarinsson (GusGus) and included the tropical-tinged “Lucifer’s Eyes,” which merged Bastille’s breathless indie rock with Kygo’s steel drums. That song would appear on Smith’s meditative debut LP, It’s Not About the Witches (IAMSOUND), which was produced by Tom Biller (Kanye West, Eels, Karen O) and mixed by Peter Katis (Interpol, Kurt Vile). Jas Shaw from Simian Mobile Disco was also enlisted on “Return Forever.” Released in June 2016, Witches incorporated Depeche Mode-styled new wave/goth synths, and a gospel-backed ’90s house similar to Moby’s Play with a beating hip-hop heart. T.O.L.D. was announced as one of BBC’s Introducing Artists of 2019.

Make sure to check out T.O.L.D. at the following sites:

Spotify | Bandcamp | Instagram | Youtube | Soundcloud

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The Soothing Sounds of T.O.L.D.'s "Drink the Water"

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Stephanie

    I love the sounds in this song! It’s so neat to hear the different levels of the vocalists in it. And my family really enjoys ambient music so this was a hit here.

  2. Neely Moldovan

    Oh I really enjoyed this. I had not heard of it before!

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