Peruvian-born New Yorker A.CHAL constantly has his head in the clouds. His music consists of heady urbano dreamscapes and pillowy synth-work, his unique and compelling vocals constantly hovering over the top. His new single “Pink Dust,” premiering today on The FADER, is his most outré look yet, a romantic and lovestruck ballad about relationship-induced euphoria and the thrill of new love. Sitting somewhere between Post Malone and Blonde, it’s a thrilling look into A.CHAL’s new album. Speaking to The FADER via email, A.CHAL had a lot to say about “Pink Dust.” Read his statement on the song below, and watch the video above.
Around this time last year, I went on a first date with a beautiful woman, another artist. We wound up on the beach in Malibu sharing a bottle of Pinot, where we spoke about our dreams and our future. I had music playing off of my iPhone. The next day, I was in the studio with my engineer trippin’ when my co-producer on the song, Noel Zancanella, sent us a guitar loop. It reminded me of the vibes I was playing on the beach for her. When I got in the booth to record, the first thing I said was “pink dust.” I don’t know if it was the sky’s reflection on the sand from the sunrise or me in that moment high as a kite, reliving the feelings from the night before, but it all came out to become what you’re listening to today.
The video is about chasing that love-drug. Chasing otherworldly love. It’s all of that and more. Living in Hollywood for the last several years, it’s difficult to find authentic love. And when you encounter it and indulge in that feeling, you find yourself longing for it more and more. It’s like chasing your first high. There are other layers to the visual concept, though I’ll leave that to the viewer to unveil.
With all my previous projects, my first singles were always for ME. Not anyone else. It’s what anchors me, keeps me grounded for wherever things may go from that point moving forward. With “Pink Dust,” it’s what I was feeling throughout the process of making this album. Experiencing real love, losing it and then me trying to find my way back to it. I wanted to start this cycle from a very pure place and this song is it for me.