"'I Love My Computer' it's a sexy electro pop track with a fine synthwave vibe, the track seductive intentions are nicely implemented specially at the verses where vocalist Ryan Slemko manipulates his vocal range in a very elegant way. The top quality production by Keith Gillard is enhanced with the inclusion of fun robotic/vocoder vocal lines, giving the song a sweet artificial kind of uneasy but attractive tension that keeps you wanting to listen to it until the end."
by Synthpop Your World on 29-May-2019
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INSIDE THE TRACK: [artist's commentary]
'I Love My Computer' is about our crazy obsession with technology. A throbbing 98bpm four-on-the-floor groove backs up Ryan, as he exercises the full range of his vocals, from high falsetto to bass, even some spoken parts. Comparisons are hard on this track, but you'll hear the influence of The Knife, Jamiroquai's "Automaton" album, and even Vangelis in the climax. One fan has written, “It’s as if Kraftwerk and Prince had a baby and raised it on chillwave.” As with every Hollowlove track, all parts are original, analog synths or acoustic recordings.
I Love My Computer’s thick central groove was fashioned by producer Keith Gillard, at a time when vocalist Ryan Slemko was leaving a failed start-up. The schizophrenic vocal melody and cheeky lyrics reflect Ryan’s coming to terms with all the summer days he’d spent chained to his computer, chasing a dead end dream. Keith fleshed out the tech-obsessed vibe with bursts of computer noise (using the ARP 2600, the same synth used to build the voice of R2-D2) and made the vocals grow increasingly robotic as the song builds.
The visuals further the theme. The cover— as always, painted by Ryan— is of a girl in her cluttered retro 80s bedroom, absorbed (being absorbed?) by more modern technology. The music video plays with footage that’s so digitally compressed that the band members and everything else are reduced to barely recognizable ghosts. Mesmerizingly colourful but unsettling.
On Hollowlove’s Facebook page, find links to the song’s video, and a video of Keith creating some of the song’s wild computer sounds.