Synthwave in Eden: Elk Bird – Rendezvous with Ramen (2017)

Synthwave in Eden is back with a new feature, this time Rendezvous with Ramen, another track with a funny title, by Elk Bird, synthwave artist from Los Angeles, California.

The track is part of Exclusion Zone, an album highly inspired by sci-fi, as usual for tracks following the synthwave/chillwave thematics. You can stream the whole album by Spotify, as much as purchase it in Bandcamp (as embedded above). The whole album itself is not purely synthwave, having tracks that are more experimental when it comes to electronic music, such as Golem, for instance.

You can listen the track in the top of our Synthwave in Eden Playlist, as much as other submissions sent to Synths of Eden. Reminding that we’re always receiving submissions for new Synthwave tracks for this playlist, by Submithub or e-mail.

Friday Afternoon Drama: Naomi Greene – Collision

“Collision” is about this feeling of illusions crashing into reality, when suddenly everything is clear and it feels like you’re in a slow motion suspension in time right before landing back into the turbulent spiral of your life. The song talks about distance and walking out of love with someone that you know isn’t good for you, all the while feeling the painful roars of your heart’s longing.

Well, if you are human, conflicts of love is a natural feeling and you felt it for sure. Collision is about this, and in this case Parisian-born, Los Angeles based, Naomi Greene provides us with an amazing voice and a song that deserves a place here in Synths of Eden. This Friday afternoon, we select this track, as not all Fridays are of blue sky, sometimes we should face hard working hours before weekend comes back once again.

Playing both an harp and electric guitar, she sums her abilities as a musician with songwriting. Besides all of that, Naomi also lent her voice to La Femme‘s last album Mystère. Great band that deserves to be listened to, especially their album Psycho Tropical Berlin.

The track has been featured in our Playlist, Chilling in Eden:

Microsamples: Jelly Thing – Nonmeeting

Insane bass-lines, drums and vocals, a very interesting track. It is short and brings you up with its groove, while still carrying with itself a mystic lo-fi feelings. This is jelly thing with Nonmeeting, track from recently released 3 tracks EP Night Jelly.

According to the Los Angeles based producer:

The EP was predominantly built from microsamples of other songs, which were heavily edited into instruments, which were then used to play the melodies and construct the drums for the record“.

MÒZÂMBÎQÚE – Distance feat. Lone Kodiak

This is an ambient, lo-fi, track with drops of experimentalism with more soft sound designs and use of vocals. As said in MÒZÂMBÎQÚE‘s Soundcloud profile, he’s the sort of “Slow Motion Ambient Architect”.

Andrew a.k.a MÒZÂMBÎQÚE grew up in the jazz scene of San Francisco, where he developed affinity for instrumental music. In his early twenties he experienced a life-changing trip to Africa, where he studied and learned all sorts of percussion from a Kudu antler horn in Cape Town, ZA to the Tabla in Varanasi, India. For sure his music has the goal to be a guide to your own travels. As much as being truly an inspiration to his music composition.

Distance is his third single for his upcoming album, featuring Lone Kodiak.

Experimental: Macro/Micro – A Grain of Sand in the Blue Mist

20th April Macro/Micro released his new EP, called A Grain of Sand in the Blue Mist. He called it a “17 minutes sonic journey though a strange and powerful dream”.

In total, the EP is a big track divided in 4 movements, but keeping the flow from the first to the last track. It is ambient music, with experimental, glitch and drone touches, bright keys share the space with long low sounds and noise. Voices are used rather as an instrumental than precisely as vocals. We have a lot of dynamism and is best experience in one sitting, just like watching a short film.

Macro/Micro is the electronic music project of Tommy Simpson, artist based in Los Angeles and Almaty, Kazakhstan. The EP is available for streaming by Spotify and Bandcamp as embedded, but you also follow Macro/Micro on Soundcloud for more.

New Music: Orfeo – Dead Inside

Another downtempo track that just came out from the oven, Dead Inside, yet fresh and worm, directly from Los Angeles, California. Nice vocals, it reminds 90s trip-hop songs, specially those heavy long bass lines, that shares the space with atmospheric vocals, a more ambient style of downtempo.

Orfeo inspires his music on R&B/Soul, somehow it reminds the work of Brazilian producer Semper Volt, featured here earlier. The track has been released today by Nahuālli Records.

Besides being a music producer, Orfeo is also a trained opera singer. The past few years he’s been collaborating with producers such as Robin Hannibal from Quadron/Rhye and Computer Jay.

Electro-Pop: Kuzo – Mansoon

“Monsoon is about an instant connection to someone, losing yourself in your natural instincts and feeling a sense of wild freedom when you are with that person.”

Kuzo is a duo from Los Angeles, California. Monsoon has been recently released in 22th March. Nice vocals, pop, yet with amazing sound design, that kind of electronic that flirts with pop and mixes the best from both worlds. Beats are chill but hihats are sounding constantly, fast enough to make it danceable. Monsoon is their third single and let’s hope they will come with much more, as they sound very nice for fans of this kind of electro-pop, when it comes to creative artists this blog is always welcome for more.

Chill: Bonsai Mammal – Alligator

Bonsai Mammal is the electronic project of self-titled debut EP from Jimmy Harry, Los Angeles based producer and golden globe winner. Jimmy has been producing pop music for artists such as P!nk and Kylie Minogue. A lover of electronic music himself, started the project while doing late night jams. According to him:

“I just wanted to make something beautiful and lush. Something to shut the world out a bit. I really enjoy writing pop songs, but I also love taking a genre vacation to create music that lives outside that world. I began experimenting and recording different ideas and then developing some of these when I had the chance. And after recording a few songs, it seemed like they had taken on a life of their own. I started playing them for a bunch of my friends and collaborators who were extremely enthusiastic. Thus Bonsai Mammal was born.”

The track is very chill, as much as for the whole EP, with some electronic and pop characteristics, such as for Feel it All. Well, Jimmy Harry is another proof that pop music producer aren’t necessarily limited to commercial songs. But they are also versatile professionals with love for music that cross genre limitations, such as the one imposed by pop, big labels and the industry itself.

New Chill: Moon Talk – Jacaranda

Jacaranda (from Tupi) is a genus of 49 species of flowering-trees, that look like just any other tree during the whole year. But when they bloom, they have purple flowers that mesmerized moon talk when he first moved to Los Angeles. The track Jacaranda (released 16th February) is inspired in this tree. It is a very chill track, that reminds pretty much the flowers of jacaranda blooming purple, with the sounds of beats and dream-like synth pads.

moon talk is about to release his album a piece of the sky next Tuesday 27th March.  You can also stream it in Spotify.