Synthpop: DOV – Be Your Lover


“‘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.

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Shoegaze: a.harlana – Textile Workers

Textile Workers has been released last Friday, by a.harlana. The track is a mix of contemporary psychedelic rock with lo-fi shoegaze and dream pop. a.harlana is a band from New York, United States. A very intimate feeling comes up when listening this track, which is well represented by the cover art.

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Downtempo: Cale Hawkins – Origami

Chilling in Eden is back with a new track on the top, Origami, by Cale Hawkins, from Brooklyn, New York. According to his press release, Hawkins has lived as a nomadic musician since 2012. Touring, writing, and producing internationally with a wide array of artists and groups. His songs draw from experiences both real and surreal, influenced equally by a childhood spent in isolation, and recent years of performing across four continents and seventeen countries.

violin by Chase Potter
cello by Ansel Cohen
all other vocals & instruments by Cale Hawkins

engineered by Cale Hawkins at Greylock Records, Brooklyn, NY
and Eric Tait, Jr. at The Farm, West Chester, PA
mixed by Ben Talmi at Greylock Records, Brooklyn, NY
mastered by Mike Kalajian at Rogue Planet Mastering
cover art by Dylan Aiello and Cale Hawkins

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Shoegaze: Parrot Dream – Paradise & Pray

Besides being currently based in Brooklyn, New York, Parrot Dream was formed in 2013, in Santiago, Chile, by Christina Hansen Appel (vocals, keys) and Gonzalo Guerrero (guitar). The duo makes a shoegaze rock, My Bloody Valentine style. An atmospheric, delicate and deep sound, that perfectly matches with the lyrics. Paradise & Pray is part of their debut album Light Goes, with 10 tracks in total.

The album has been released by Good Eye Records and it’s also available in vinyl in the label’s website.

Paradise & Prey has been featured in our Spotify playlist Psychedelic Waves of Eden, that is fully dedicated to sharing shoegaze, stoner rock and psychedelic rock tracks:

Synthwave in Eden: Pax Humana – Cybernetic Fantasy

Cybernetic Fantasy by Pax Humana is the newest feature from our synthwave playlist, Synthwave in Eden. Although it’s not precisely the traditional synthwave track, it’s a great work with synthesizers, the rhythm and the whole harmony shown by the use of arps and compelling bass lines. Plus, the whole sound design is great. According to the producer of Pax Humana, New York based Brian Lindgren, the track was inspired on a post-apocalyptic cyber-punk setting, Blade Runner style. It is part of his 6 tracks EP, Revolution . You can also download it via Bandcamp.

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Crossover Tech-House: M!NT – Derek Foreal

Derek Foreal by New York based producer M!NT is a track that sounds like tech-house but dives in the bridge sections with use of vocals, audio samples yet being highly instrumental. It crosses genres at some points, with many hip-hop references, that is easily explained by M!NT’s latest productions, that was hip-hop and beats. Derek Foreal has been released by Outside In Records.

You can check M!NT‘s Bandcamp page for his earliest works.  The track has been featured in our Spotify playlist Synths of Eden:

Alternative Rock: Scotch Mist – Meteors

With a wave of neo-psychedelic rock tracks, artists and albums that are not really old-school psychedelic material and neither post-rock, but a mere copy of Tame Impala and their last album Currents, that blends disco and synthpop. Scotch Mist from New York city and their single Meteors/Surfside comes as something original, that grabs the best of contemporary alternative rock, the track brings us great organic drums, with folk guitar chords and vocals that can be associated to the last album of Fleet Foxes, Crack Up, specially in the chorus. But it innovates in the use of synthesizers especially. Surfside singularity is expressed by its acoustic yet jazzy mood, as much as Meteors. For a full experience I recommend the whole single.

The track has been added to our Synths of Eden Spotify playlist.

New Trip-Hop: Violet Sands & Justin Faust – What Do You Feel

Some hot new trip-hop tracks coming out, after featuring NothingAboutME and their BLUEBELL it’s time to feature Violet Sands & Justin Faust with their new track What Do You Feel. This recalls popular tracks of Massive Attack, such as Teardrop, with their own unique touch.

According to Derek Muro, from Violet Sands, artists from Brooklyn, New York:

“We met Justin while he was in New York visiting from Germany, introduced by Robert Perlick-Molinari (of our label and French Horn Rebellion) who suggested that we collaborate. In an afternoon, we began experimenting with the vintage synth collection at our studio – notably the Wurli, Roland and Oberheim instruments – embracing the early-aughts electronica influence, which came out even more once Deidre wrote the lyrics and added her vocals. After only a few hours, we had the shape of the song nearly complete and decided to meet for another session that week where the song really came together.”

Violet Sands is Deirdre Muro (vocals), Derek Muro (guitar) and David Perlick-Molinari (production).

Apocalyptic Dream Disco: Panama Papers – Under the Sun

Where do the shadows take you
And when do they plan to set you free
There’s so much to see
Do you feel the laughter pausing
When you thought bright would always be
And living in me

Another one for the series of follow-up posts I made about artists that have been featured here before and come back with other tracks. This is the case for Panama Papers, that has been here before with Brite Nights and now are back with Under the Sun. This is another one of their tracks released in 2017 but should not go unnoticed. Originally released in Soundcloud, the track is part of their homonymous 2017 EP (available in cassette), the fifth track out of five.

As much as for Brite Nights, the track is a disco without ambition, yet sonically amazing. It follows the pop indie-electro tradition, but with a more underground music touch, that allows itself to explore and go away from the commercial barriers imposed by the industry. Expect nice synths.

You can also stream it by Spotify and Bandcamp.

Psychedelic-Rock: SPAER – “Silo” (feat. Money Penny)

After a long intro with a melody of synthesizer, we come towards a vocal that reminds me somehow the soundtrack of Silent Hill 4, that old Playstation 2 already forgotten in the past. In therms of music genre I’d say trip-hop. The song grows, grows, enter into a vortex of repetition, that is growing even more. Until it ends at 4 minutes, the way it started. This is Silo, by SPAER, featuring vocals of Money Penny. The track has been released by Axis Mundi Records.

SPAER is a pscyh-pop prject from audio/visual artist and producer Peter Spears, founder of psych band Psymon Spine. Peter recently released as SPAER an album called Vol. 1, featuring several different vocalists as SPAER and in 2017, by the same label, Psymon Spine‘s album You Are Coming to my Birthday.