Simon On The Moon – Hooked

Somewhere between the creeping synths, accented drums and keys, and sultry vocals interjected with falsetto croons, Simon On The Moon‘s “Hooked” has me reveling even deeper into my current crush.

Impressively, this is Simon On The Moon‘s first song to be released, and was created wholly in his home in Sweden. I’m enamored by the richly layered instrumentals and vocals, and the way the song ebbs and flows, dipping in and out of varying genres. “Hooked” is a style in itself, and features a dash of nu-disco, a whiff of Sade-esque soul, and the catchiest guitar riffs you’ve heard all year. I’m really looking forward to more from Simon On The Moon; he’s set to have 2 EP releases this year.

And now I’m hooked…

When was the last time you had a crush? The type of crush that has you daydreaming, drifting in and out of engagement with the world around you. When she leaves your house, all you want is for her smell to linger; you’re eager to plan the next encounter. It’s new, it’s exciting. You’re grinning wide; she asks why, but there is simply no reason other than her presence. When you have a crush, you feel the wall around your heart, built by past disappointment and heartbreak, cracking slightly. You want to let that person ooze through, and you feed off those chemicals. As this song puts it, almost as if you’ve been drugged. This is a crush, with which the thought of something “serious” hasn’t tainted the innocence of what you’re currently enjoying. If only you could freeze these moments, before reality/timing/incompatibility enters the realm! Until then, revel with me.

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Music Remixes

Erika Spring – Hidden (Jensen Sportag Remix)

I don’t know if it’s the aftermath of a typical weekend party that makes our bodies yearn for music like this. I like to think of these tunes as the bloody mary, the fruit smoothy, the Alka Seltzers or whatever recovery method you use to get your body back to it’s natural feel-good state.

Erika Forster is a vocalist and keyboardist for Brooklyn based synth-pop trio Au Revoir Simone while Jensen Sportag is a Nashville production duo that takes Erika’s first single from her EP and applies some disco melodies over her cooing voice. I have added the original as a bonus so you can appreciate the difference from one version to the other. On her solo project she goes by the name Erika Spring as it is somewhat a departure from her work with ARS. Her EP’s production is more dense and complex musically, her voice is constant in her style and timbre.

Jensen used the perfect words to describe their version:

“It’s disco made for rolling down the river.”

They also gave this interesting insight into their remix and laid out some food for thought about where we are right now in this world and how it affects us. Here’s the complete existential quote of sorts for your pleasure:

While working on our remix of Erika Spring’s Hidden we talked a lot about the difficulty and delay of connecting deeply with another person in this era of easyshare information. The resulting cultural marginalization makes a mirror effect that’s compounded by our ever increasing image-consciousness. What’s the best way to hide one particular thing? To surround it with a million similar things. Like murmurating starlings and synchronized fireflies, we’re hidden in our own sameness, finding it harder to really know what’s in one another’s heart.”

Too bad it’s only 4 minutes and 26 seconds long because it could soundtrack a complete afternoon like this. On that note, try putting it on repeat a couple of times. You’ll see -or hear- how it sounds slightly different in every play. I find that really special and not many songs can do that.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

It’s due out on July 10 as a 5 track EP on Cascine Records.

Erika Spring – Hidden (Jensen Sportag Remix)


Erika Spring – Hidden