Where there are many big beats & thick, retro bass-lines & riffs, there’s also so much that is not purely for the party – songwriting is an art form & Totally Awesome Summer have treated it as such.
The song introduces a certain lightness to the room, a laid-back ambiance and a set of ideas that allow audiences to switch of from the stresses of daily life.
A playlist that feels somewhat nostalgic or reminiscent or other moments, but that consistently pushes you outside of your comfort zone & creates entirely new thought patterns & ideas to ponder.
Merging dreamy vocals & thick musical harmonies isn’t a new concept, but there’s no debating that the way BRF interprets the captivating crunch of shoe-gaze is dramatically different to their contemporaries.
Carefully mixing, almost chemically, the bright flavors of pop with the dark industrial underground sound, Candy Coated Suicide is a masterpiece of the form. Bright enough for the radio, edgy enough for the club, addictive enough to virally burrow its way into every headset.
His belief is that the power of art lies in its ability to inspire, to awaken & elevate our consciousness. Given the names of the tracks & the atmospheric experiences they offer – this is precisely the result you can hope for when listening through.
Expect rock & roll, jazz, soul, indie, blues, meandering instrumentals & deeply provocative or hilariously quirky lyrical observations. Press play at the start of the party, or wait until everyone’s gone home – in either case, the music has your back.
The more you listen, the more this initially dark seeming ambiance evolves into something hopeful & bright. You can hear it in any number of ways, as is the synth-pop code.
A heavy & noteworthy attack on the senses. A simple beat begins the process, later erupting into retro electronic rock with an ongoing layer of distortion & double vocals that grind & wind their way into your consciousness.
The song’s hook is sensational, one of his best yet – the chorus is lifted just slightly higher than the verses, elevating you as you listen.
The late 1970s early 1980s was an electric era pregnant with possibility. ‘1980 REDUX’ is my way to return in spirit, in memory, to that excitement.
A fairly big step in a new direction. The concept suggests a thread, but only when you press play does the full scope of the approach come through.