That’s it! We’re back, with lots of exciting music to share.
First of them is Restart by Odd XX, solo project of Berlin-based composer and producer, Turi Agostino from Australia. A track that has been interpreted as a dance, on a music video created by Choreographer Edith Buttingsrud Pedersen and Theatre Director Jahman Davine. It talks about a broken love, letting go of what once was and starting over. Agostino seeks to channel through Odd, the various musical frequencies that oscillate between dark and industrial: tender and melodic, which is true for Restart. Vocals have been performed by Star Kendrick from the band Geowulf.
You can check more of what we curated in our playlist Synths of Eden:
Camp North is a music producer from Boston (USA), that makes electronic music mixing some of his most favourite genres, such as ambient, techno and more danceable house style, such as My Bones, a track that has techno long and aggressive synth lines with a more “housy” groove, rhythm and vocals. It’s been released as a single early on January. It’s also Synths of Techno newest feature.
Newest techno featured in our playlist Synths of Techno is Gold Apple, by Ness Uno from Berlin. Underground piece, melodic, progressive, with a big presence of acid bass. I could not stop moving my body while listening to it. It’s a track full of energy, in the whole arrangement. There are chorus vocals, while we can hear the bass giving all the groove. With additional distorted melodies.
Artist from London, UK. Paris Love-Child and Don’t Leave It Alone is a techno with amazing strong vocals. It has been released in 2018 as a single, it makes me think about the album from the same year Working Class Woman with the hit Work It by Canadian producer Marie Davidson, but Don’t Leave It Alone is less experimental, a more synthesized and melodic style, where we find groovy beats and bass. Paris Love-Child is a songwriter, performer and also model, according to her description, she comes from Noting Hill, famous for Portobello Road, from where she considers herself the princess. Amazing 8 minutes track, I’d say it’s a proper techno with vocals. Therefore, it’s been added to our playlist Synths of Techno:
Overture is a track produced by Not Demure, released on the Ostinato EP by Flemcy Music. It has been remixed by JP Lantieri. Just like his previous tracks, with a progressive character, ideal for the dance floor and for the sofa, 8 powerful minutes full of good melodies and basslines, guaranteed. The track has not yet been released on digital streaming platforms like Spotify, but you can already check here in Synths of Eden and Soundcloud, as embedded.
Featured here last year with Euphoria, Bells and Robes, duo from Atlanta (USA), are back with a new track, this time a single. Dali, with the same relaxing mood. They make a more downtempo style of music, that makes use of excellent studio techniques, mixing several different textures and landscapes, with a more bright texture, plus the usual “synth pads”, those lush filtered polyphonic pitched lines. Yet, preserving the groove, Dali is of full of nice beats. Released by their label Zen Fresh Records, on 11th of January.
For more downtempo, check our playlist Chilling in Eden:
“‘Be Your Lover’ is about unfulfilled love. I wrote the song about an experience I had meeting someone when I visited a different country, with whom I totally fell in love. The whole time, though, I felt like the distance, an ocean apart, would keep this love from becoming a realty (“I will never hold another, cast out to the open sea”). It’s about that strong feeling of losing something you never actually had, that potential to meet someone, fall in love, then ask yourself if you should leave everything behind and take that leap to be with them.”
DOV is the project of multi-instrumentalist and producer Dov Eagle. He moved to NYC from Tel Aviv after serving in the Israel Defence Forces until the age 21. Which should not be the most fraternal experience, considering Israel’s character of an apartheid state and all the severe violations to human rights that have been exposed by international organisations in the last decades. Being the son of a left-wing political activist, he left Israel amidst conflicted ideals, as they didn’t fit the life he idealized to himself, as a queer liberal musician and artist.
International politics apart. Be Your Lover was released in the beginning of 2019 and proves itself to be an excellent example of what is the contemporary synthpop scene from New York, specially. This new release follows Save that featured vocalist TESHA and has been released by the end of 2018, well received by critics, such as Billboard.
Check our Spotify playlist Synths of Eden for more:
Released 7th of December by Capiroto Records, Andromedary is the newest release by Swedish artist from Stockholm, Moran Gang. After his previous EP entitled Squid Tango, produced for a dance performance. Moran Gang also has another project which is his “main persona” as an artist,Nathanael Saposnikoff, released in the same year independently. With a more delicate, psychedelic rock influenced sound. With special remarks to Not Welcome and all its power. We interview him in November 2018, before the release of Andromedary, asking him to tell a bit of his story and what inspired him as an artist:
1) How was the process of composing Andromedary? What were the instruments you used to record it? How do you like to work in the studio? Considering both of your projects. How’s your creative flow?
Andromedary started out with me messing around with the Pro Tools stock synths. Usually I work in Logic so I was just trying to get my head around Pro Tools and found this synth sound I actually liked. I drenched the vocals with chorus effects and then added a lot of swell synth pads and resonance effects using a Korg Minilogue. My favourite part, though, was recording a bunch of vocal parts and then putting them all through a step sequencer.
For me it’s all about emotions and communicating a certain feeling. For most Nathanel Saposnikoff it’s a process of improvising with myself until I have a pretty solid feel of where things are going sound- and groove-wise. Vocals and lyrics are basically the last thing I do. Sometimes I write with a theme in mind and sometimes the emotion itself serves as a theme – even though that’s more hard to express in words. I seldom try to copy sounds or songs, it’s more of a in-the-moment kind of process.
With Moran Gang
it’s a bit different. I generally don’t get caught too much in trying
to achieve a certain feel or emotion, it’s more about the
experimentation and having fun. I don’t put as much boundaries on Moran Gang, which is a big relief and a great way of finding an outlet musically.
2) What changed from Squid Tango until now?
Squid Tango was made together with dancers for a dance performance. It was made thematically and as a project with a clear goal. I love working with people from other art forms to try and achieve something from very different perspectives. We worked a lot brain storming ideas and using free association, on many hands throughout the process.
Now I’m continuing to produce Moran Gang’s material on my own. So the biggest difference is that I’m doing it all solo, but also that I’m kind of switching formats from a soundscape/noise/techno kind of music – meant to accompany other things happening in the room – to a more song based material. Squid tango was also all instrumental, from now on it won’t be. I guess it’ll be easier to listen a shorter track.
3) What are your future plans with both of your projects?
To keep writing and producing. I do it for myself, I feel the need to express myself musically. I still play in groups, but there’s a certain freedom to making music all on your own. The reason I want to release it is that, if I like it, someone else might like it too.
4) What are your biggest influences in music considering both of your projects? What do you like to listen? Who were the key influences for Moran Gang’s project?
For Moran Gang I have to say John Maus, no doubt.
For Saposnikoff I think Daniel Norgren. But of course there’s a a lot of Mac Demarco and Tame Impala kind of retro vibe going on there as well. But I seldom try to recreate what I listen to or play a certain genre, which is why it might sound a little schizo or hard to pin point sometimes.
5) Besides producing your own music, are you also connected with other ways of expressing yourself artistically?
Well I do make the artwork for both projects on my own, which is fun, but I really don’t consider myself a photographer or artist in that sense. I just do it for fun and more like a DIY thing. I have to say that I spend most of my time making music, if not with Moran Gang or Nathanael Saposnikoff its punk drumming with The Wave or experimental impro flute drone with Duo Woland.
6) Why the name Andromedary? Why this specific animal served as inspiration for your work?
Well from Squids you can really only go one direction. Add some galaxies to the mix and you have the perfect visual for any Moran Gang song.
Not Welcome by Nathanaeal Saposnikoff has been added to our Spotify playlist Psychedelic Waves of Eden:
It’s Been So Long is the opening track for Toffee EP, by Beach for Tiger, from the UK. It’s a psychedelic rock band that sounds like a mixture between Elvis Costello, Tame Impala and Blur. A pleasant track to listen. The band has been releasing their music since 2015, collecting a few singles, being Toffee their second EP after Beach for Tiger – EP (2016). Toffee, the title track, has been released as a single earlier, and deserves special remarks for its instrumentalism, that dives deeper in the psychedelic rock experimentation, presenting us with lush synthesized textures.