Indie Funk: Grand Commander – Pilot Light

I can’t even completely remember what this song was about when I started writing it, but in the middle my friend Rustin Luther passed away, and whatever the song was about lost meaning to me. I rewrote everything after contemplating Rustin’s impact on the world around him. This song is dedicated to him.

Pilot Light by Grand Commander is a great song with a sad story behind. It has a Zen thematic about moving on and how life’s constantly changing throughout the time. We never step twice in the same river. Grand Commander is a one man band formed by Sam Damask, from Dallas, Texas (USA). Everything has been recorded using Moog Sub 37, Kawai K1M, and Roland Juno. His mains influences are: Talking Heads, Parliament, Yes, Frank Zappa, Primus, Buckethead.

Pilot Light has been added to our Spotify playlist Synths of Eden:

New Electronic: Altvater – Arcturus

According to Altvater, when Arcturus was produced he was constantly bobbing his head, it’s the darkest sound on Walking Creatures EP. The track is also the newest feature of our Spotify Playlist Synths of Eden.

Altvater is a music producer from Columbia, United States. His main influences are trip-hop and electronica. He recently released a new single called Moonbird, with a more chill sound if compared to Arcturus.

New Electronic: Drinker – Fragment II

How fleeting and elusive to feel fulfilled in such a strange world. When you search for it in another person and look at what you find, it never feels like what you expected, so you search for something new. You look inside, you think you find it, but when you come back out, it just fades into the noise around you.

Listening to Drinker, the first think that comes in my mind thinking about all the material covered by the blog is British producer Yuki Ame. Though Drinker is an project created in USA, its style reminds British post-bubstep or UK Bass, such as Mount Kimbie, also featured here before with their 2010 album Crooks and Lovers.

Drinker is a project of singer/songwriter Aaron Mendelsohn and producer/composer Ariel Loh. Fragment II is the second single from their upcoming debut LP “Fragments”.

Fragments II has been featured in Synths of Eden:

 

Pre-lunch Chill: Common Tiger – The Paisley Agreement

The Paisley Agreement from Common Tiger is relaxing, sounds great as a production, has amazing rhodes keys, piano keys apart from organic drums. A track composed by several different instruments, which is explained by the fact that Common Tiger is the pseudonym of a multi-instrumentalist and producer called Matthew Mahoney. For me, this track resembles Mogwai, but without distorted guitars.

Another curious fact about Matthew is that he spent some time in a Buddhist temple in Portland, Oregon (USA) and currently he resides in a bus in Oregon studying music theory, piano, and working on his next musical releases.

You can also check his Bandcamp profile for more: https://commontiger.bandcamp.com/

This track is magnificent and deserves a place in our playlist Chilling in Eden:

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.

Surrealist Electropop: R34L – Anim8

The song explores themes including understanding the mind as a canvas and letting go of attachments.

This track is something like Crystal Castles meets 90s Swedish band The Cardigans, surrealist electropop is an appropriate genre to classify R34L and Anim8.

R34L is a duo formed by Sarah Hartman and Cason Trager, they blend organic and unique sounds in experimental improvisation, synthesizers and sampling. Their work has been self-produced and Anim8 is the opening track of a not yet released 12 tracks album that will be called WHAT/IS.

The track has been featured in our Spotify Playlist Synths of Eden:

Synthpop: BUHU – All Eye

All Eye is the second single from BUHU‘s debut studio album, Tenets. Marked by FMish synths that will make you think of 80s synthpop, this typical Korg Volca FM electric piano, followed by drums and vocals brings back to memory Tears for Fears and Phill Collins. The album Tenets will be released worldwide in September 2018 by FMF Records.

BUHU is a synth pop duo from Austin, Texas, United States. It has as lead singer and producer Jeremy Rogers and Tiffany Paciga. Jeremy’s main source of inspiration as a composer is the women of his life, his late mother and his lover. All Eye has been featured in our Spotify playlist Chilling in Eden, you can also check BUHU’s Bandcamp for more.

 

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.

(Nu) Disco: Deanna Devore – Seven Eight

Deanna Devore is today’s tip for you that likes a strong beat. She is like a chameleon swinging around electronic, downtempo, alternative, acoustic, jazz and orchestral territories. Owner of a mesmerizing and mysterious voice, not long ago she released the song “Seven Eight” with a rhythm that most likely will get you stock listening to it over and over for a long time.

It is very rare to see such well-made relationship between songwriting and production like this music. The soul of so many of us is bared instantly as the song goes on. The conclusion is that, in the very end we’re not able to control anything and as she says: “We tumbled down, I turned around. With nothing there but just one sound of echoed thoughts, of paths crossed and wondered then was something lost?”. But don’t you think her power stops in this song! “A Cause” has a similar beat and is cause of introspection among her listeners.

The powerful voice of this singer can make you feel every drop of what she means whatever you are, working in a coffee shop, or just at the gym. And you can find Seven Eight on Spotify, SoundCloud. Did you like today’s tip? You can hear more songs like this one in our playlist Synths of Eden.

Dream Pop: ◊awaymsg◊ – Seventeen

Seventeen is the new track from awaymsg. It a track full of ethereal dreamy pads, followed by a celestial bassline that shares the same feeling. In the top of that, we have those pop influenced vocals daring to sing in the same airy style, as if it was singing from the past, when awaymsg had seventeen years old. The track also features glimmering chromatic keys.

Art by American Ginseng. This is the type of music release that is pretty well illustrated and represented.

Seventeen is another non-pretentious release that is not going to disappoint. According to awaymsg probably the original project is lost, so it should be the definitive version. You can also stream it by Spotify.

Another track that is going to be featured in our Chilling in Eden Playlist: