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Track Feature:
"Particle & Wave" by Hollowlove  Hollowlove
  • Label: self-released
  • Music by: Keith Gillard
  • Lyrics by: Ryan Slemko
  • Vocals by: Ryan Slemko
  • Produced by: Hollowlove
  • Mixed by: Keith Gillard
  • Mastered by: Brian Hazard
  • Additional Credits:
    Live drums by Craig Burdes
  • Audio Production Technique: Out Of The Box
  • DAWs used:
    Ableton LiveAbleton Live
  • Plugin Brands used:
    Universal AudioUniversal Audio
    Valhalla DSPValhalla DSP
  • Synth/Controller/Sampler Brands used:
  • Most used synth model : Alesis Andromeda A6 Alesis Andromeda A6
  • Recording Date: 2019-02-14
  • Recording Location: Vancouver, Canada
Release Date: 01-07-2019

Track Popularity: NEW


"The canadian duo Hollowlove once again delight us with their most recent release, a slow tempo electronic, sensual and beautifully eccentric electropop track, that is going to blow your mind when you let yourself go deep into the sea of sexiness this song is overflowing. The musical production is yet again of very impressive quality and in some ways slightly unusual; the retro synths combined with other complicated patches, the swirling retro yet modern melodies, and the varied and definitely powerful drum production, all sum up to deliver a pleasant and haunting and very addictive mood. There are some nuances and very clever efx that gives this *can we say almost ballad electro pop* song, a unique and primarily relaxing personality. The vocals are beautifully tweaked and the polish they present is extremely adecuate to this type of track. The singer also shows excellent execution and in some parts the performance does really shine. In the end we can resume that this song embodies a great balance between sensuality, tranquility and mistery. Hollowlove are great, they surely know how to "infect" the listener with their "secret recipe" of approaching a passion only they know how to inject into their productions."

Synthpop Your World Staff
by Synthpop Your World on 24-July-2019





INSIDE THE TRACK: [artist's commentary]
Particle & Wave began life as a fast-paced 150bpm piece inspired by early yellow magic orchestra, built around an analog pulse fed into a Jomox T-Resonator, and fed back into itself in many interesting and unpredictable ways. keith and Ryan both loved it but concluded that it was too frantic to fit the Hollowlove esthetic. So, the T-Resonator pulse, chords, and some of the crunchy analog drum sounds were kept, but the tempo cut in half to 75bpm.

The lyrics were inspired partially by this fast-but-slow duality from which the music was born. Taking Einstein's famous theory that light is both particle and wave, the lyrics explore that as a metaphor for our own lives. The non-binary nature of our existence, where we are not entirely one thing or another, is paired with the reality that no matter how close two particles approach one another, they are still separated by a gulf immensely larger than themselves. This isolation is only mitigated by the possibility of collision and entanglement, hint at by the bridge of the song. We may be separate, but connection is still possible.

Other instruments used include the Minimoog Model D, Vermona DRM-1, Roland Juno 60, DSI Tempest, Jomox XBase-01, SCI Prophet 5. For the extended remix, the Roland Space Echo was employed to create the "wave" sounds that contrast with the "Particle" delays in the intro and extended breakdown sections. The live drums were played by Keith and Ryan's former bandmate from Fidgital, Craig "Burdman" Burdes, to further add to the duality of the piece. Fast and slow, electronic and acoustic, machine and human, quiet and loud, Despairing and hopeful, like us all.


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