Global Collab Series 002 - After School Special w/ Slicarus

in music •  4 months ago

Today's post spans an entire globe, a music movement and an entire generation

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Slicarus was another one of the early users of EDMP Discord, before we achieved Partner status and were sub-1000 members. He stood out to me as a quiet, introverted 16-year-old from Australia with an absolute passion for the synthwave genre - a style of music based around the adolescence of the generation that babysat me, and I'm almost literally twice his age. His uncanny ability to capture this retro mood and wistful, soaring energy captivated me, and I was fascinated by his production.

I'll admit that my previous interest in synthwave was much more focused on the analog synths themselves, as I'm a gearhead; my own personal taste tends to the most cutting-edge and new technology, rather than synthwave's throwback to the past. But the brilliance and nostalgia of the Stranger Things soundtrack alongside Slic's epic arpeggios jump-started that interest, and when he suggested doing a collab, I was immediately inspired.

To write the lyrics, I went back in time to my own middle-school years - the epic angst, the intense two-week romances, the insane amount of drama that could happen on lunch break. After doing lyrics, I also wrote some synth-guitar lines for the breakdown, and worked with him on the mix until it was just right. I was so pleased that this track was selected by the amazing NewRetroWave channel and so far have gotten some really cool comments from across the world from people about how this song resonates with them!!

So there you have it. A distance of...
8,760 miles.
15 years.
30 years of musical preference.
Coming together in one track.

Lyrics

As we catch our breath in this blinding light
and it feels right
I can't bear for us to end the night
Will you stay the night?

Must we break this spell
back into our shells
Can we wait until it's light?
I break all the rules
act the perfect fool
because I wanna make you mine

Don't wanna wait another day for this feeling
Am I dreaming?
I know I'd end my life right here
I been sleeping, I been dreaming

And we wake up, piece together
And I've got my taste for forever
And I called it from the start
There goes my bleeding heart

Just like an after school special
We're an after school special (x2)

Now you're in the halls and I catch my smile
Looking at you
I can hardly hide what's going on
And I've tried a while

And I've dried my sweat
Can't tell no one yet
Cause they'll say we move to fast
We break all the rules
Act like perfect fools
Hope that love could everlast

In this after school special (x4)

Falling, I'm falling (x2)
Falling, I'm falling
deep into this
Falling, I'm falling
into your kiss, into your kiss

Don't wanna wait another day for this feeling
Am I dreaming?
I know I'd end my life right here
I been sleeping, I been dreaming

And we wake up, piece together
And I've got my taste for forever
And I called it from the start
There goes my bleeding heart

Just like an after school special
We're an after school special (x4)

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Did I just warp back in time? hahahaha

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Right!? Total flashback!

What an awesome synthwave track! The instrumentation is great, and your vocals are just perfectly matched and lovely here! Bravo to you and Slicarus for this fantastic song! 😊

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Thanks! I'll let him know you said so :)

Awesome track. Got my denim jacket on and I'm ready to cruise down nostalgia :)

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Awwww, yeah – with a boombox on one shoulder.


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YO! I had no idea you were on Steemit. Welcome. I'm trying to get I-cue and Odyssey and the whole fam on here too. Are you on @smacommunity's Discord yet? We're podcasting live Hip Hop, House and DnB all over this mother fucker. When can we get you featured?

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Whenever, please! Good to see you here :)

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Hilarious! I remember telling you about my awesome producer friend who I was trying to onboard – you already know her! ;)

Sounds like music my sister listening while looking at a picture of her crush

amazing trip to memory lane.

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So glad it evoked that for you! That's the idea ;)

Ooooh, miss Elle – givin' me chills, girl.

Brilliant, as per usual. Reminds me of The Breakfast Club era – hits me right in the nostalgia feels.

'Just like an afternoon special'– indeed. ;)

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This is a picture from the series "Very strange things." I love him. Looking forward to season 3))) And the music really sends back, to the days referred to in this film.

This song has such a beautiful sound and feel, you have captured a time in music perfectly - it really takes you back, thank you so much for sharing <3

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Thank you!! Looking forward to meeting even more music lovers on here :)

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Yay! Me, tooooo! So good. I've been listening on repeat.

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I love this! What a cool story, and song. Thanks for sharing!

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