Friday, March 27, 2020

Loveblind's power synthwave on "Goodbyes Without Goodbye" from the debut "Sleeping Visions" album (Official Video)

"no one here at all"

Loveblind's debut album "Sleeping Visions" drops today, 3/27/20, on Vinyl, CD via Saint Marie Records and the final single (that dropped 3 days earlier) Goodbyes Without Goodbye feels like a hammerhead of a song with layers of thick synth arpeggios and a bass and drums coupling that pounds like a piston driven machine. Despite all the brazen power, it might be one of the most romantic songs on the album, full of passion, and bittersweet longing. A dizzying dance of synthwave, romance wave, dance punk and art rock.

"Goodbyes Without Goodbye was the second/last song we used the KORG Electribe on. The sounds we are attracted to on the Electribe are very electronic so the song definitely has that vibe. It takes a unique (some might say unusual) turn on the chorus, jumping back and forth between a dark throbbing beat and a hopeful beautiful melody." - Loveblind

It is, in fact, the romantic edges on all of Loveblind's songs that give them their art rock majesty, even if some of those razor sharp edge feel hidden, they are always there, present in Dorian Electrique's vocal presence that can subtly move from alpha dog to feel more broken. But even beaten down dogs will rise up and bite. You feel that hopeful resolve, the embers of anthems burning and about to catch fire within Loveblind's overall sound, the sense that a rebel yell is not far away. 

-Robb Donker Curtius


While “international synthwave supergroup” is enough of a descriptor to turn some heads, Loveblind are all the more impressive for making music since 2017 without ever having been in the same room.

Spearheaded by Saint Marie Records owner Wyatt Parkins, the Texas-based label head initially joined forces with Joshua Garman of Florida’s Crash City Saints and soon tapped Germany-based vocalist and songwriter Dorian Electrique of Seasurfer fame for her strikingly icy vocals. Fellow Seasurfer member Mikel Wegener was brought on for bass and guitarist Neil Burkdoll of Florida’s Whimsical rounded out the lineup.

After years of incremental recording, file transfers, phone calls, video chats and constant Facebook chats, their upcoming debut album, Sleeping Visions, will be unveiled in March 2020 via Saint Marie.

Opening on the abrasively industrial “War Planets,” Loveblind aim and succeed in creating an album completely alien up against their previous bands. Where single “Daydream” fully lives up to its title in soaring dream pop, “White Piano Black Dress” (featuring Ringo Deathstarr’s Elliott Frazier) isn’t afraid to switch gears and careen towards earth with massive, shoegazing guitar work and chirpy synth percussion.

With Electrique’s vocals kept front and center guiding Sleeping Visions, its ten songs aim to interpret dreams with as much lucidity as our waking states, but Visions is far from a half-awake listen. If anything, Loveblind’s debut introduces a band that not only takes its members’ past pedigrees and distance as a challenge, but a superpower.

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