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Restless Modern – To Come Undone

I’ve been following Restless Modern’s releases closely over the past few months, so it’s exciting to see his work culminate in the release of a debut EP. Led by two singles that existed on polar ends of the indie-electro spectrum in “Chasing” and “Haunted”, he fleshes out that diversity in sounds even further. There’s gorgeous, introspective meditations (“Underwater” and “She Needed Love”), anthemic cuts buzzing with energy (“Just Breathe” and “I’m Okay”), and tracks that sit somewhere in between. My personal favorite out of the bunch is “I’m Okay”, a selection that extends Restless Modern’s indie-electro groundwork into pure electronic bliss, but there’s a genuine argument for each song’s leader-of-the-pack status. He genuinely proves himself to be a jack of all trades across the record’s seven songs.

Thinking about the EP’s title, what does it mean to come undone? It used to mean falling apart at the seams and seeping into a pit of despair for weeks and months at a time; once the depression kicked in, there was no stopping its ever-expanding toll. These days, coming undone is a bit different – it occurs for hours or a couple days at most, but I’m now able to contend with it head on. I allow myself to feel the emotions as long as I need to, evaluate the root cause of the issue, and use my resources (whether it’s a mantra, meditation, or reaching out to a friend) to treat the source. I’m not even close to perfecting this system yet, but the improvements are there and for that I’m grateful.

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Restless Modern – Haunted

Restless Modern’s newest significantly shifts gears from his recent single “Chasing” without sacrificing the nuanced groundwork he’s laid out as an artist. “Haunted” is a dark, moody dive into the visceral horrors of real life as lines like “It’s 4 am and the winds feel cold/Why are you standing out in it anyway” paint a desolate picture of a relationship gone awry, all the while its dark electro drop drives the sentiment home. It’s worth noting that it’s not a song to spin in the background – this one requires an attentive ear to appreciate the pain that makes up its very essence. 

In my humble opinion, it’s important to have music that touches upon uncomfortable topics rather than perpetually operating in the realm of a false reality based around eternal sunshine. Just like a controversial painting disturbing psychological thriller, music should challenge us through an unflinching reflection of the world we live in, through the good and the bad. Tracks like “Haunted” crucial to experiencing the endless layers that art can provide.

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Restless Modern – Chasing

I’m readily familiar with Restless Modern from his MOONZz collaboration, but this is the first solo single I’ve heard from the indie-electro artist. “Chasing” continues the flashes of brilliance he displayed on “Navigator” with a production that’s both intricate and infectious. The choppy vocal samples are piercing, the ’80s-esque programmed percussion provides a super nice touch, and his vocals have a casual confidence to them that makes the track feel effortlessly cool overall.

Speaking of chasing, I’ve been chasing a simple goal: feeling okay. Over six months of chronic depression and experiencing a perpetual disconnect from the world has been brutal. Little by little, the frustration with my circumstances added up until it all came to a boil over the past weekend; it was an explosion of heated anger that found me furious about my perceived lack of progress. A close friend explained to me that my progressive frustration from an endless chase of happiness is like fighting against a current – eventually I’m going to drown if I don’t maintain an open dialogue that will lead to acceptance of my situation and the knowledge that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. From now on, I’m going to float along until I’m able to swim back to the shore. There, happiness awaits.

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MOONZz x Restless Modern – Navigator

I feel like a broken record with so many references to BLU J as of late, but the duo’s flip of “Goodbye” instantly put me on the syrupy sweet vocals of MOONZz when it dropped last year – thus, it was thrilling to receive a new track from the lady of Luna. Titled “Navigator,” her fresh single is a jubilant outing co-produced by Restless Modern that embraces the trope of romantic joyrides and a more traditional pop approach. While undoubtedly modern in its percussive flair, the track carries a welcoming aura of nostalgia that invokes memories of long-gone road trips and romance.

With that being said, here’s so much value in a track that can tap into deeply seeded sentiments without having direct ties to the past. Most music that I hold in high regard has years of experiences and emotions attached, but most of it made me think forward rather than backward on first listen. Maybe those retrospective instigators were also structured around archetypes of old that were destined to strike a chord with me, but whatever the case may be, there was no denying how rewarding it felt to engage with the past.

Whether those surfaced visions were vivid or abstract, they felt less like foreign ground and more like home, and that notion persists through “Navigator.”

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