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Fink – Maker (Synapson Remix)

I was going to start this post by asking if you’ve ever allowed a song to completely take you hostage, but then I realized that there was a better question to be asked. Have you allowed anything to take you hostage recently? I’m not talking about being kidnapped by another fellow human, I sincerely hope none of you have been kidnapped recently. I’m talking about encountering experiences, be it a relationship, friendship, artwork, music, etc. that take you hostage. You’re momentarily taken away from the present and forced elsewhere, within your mind. As someone who likes to be free but simultaneously in control, I know that I seek these outlets which allow me to disconnect every day. Not for the purpose of escaping from the realness of every day life, but for the purpose of having two experiences at once.. The balance between being completely without attachment, and still in charge of your own decisions is a never-ending desire. Any time I can find that outlet, I grasp onto it. I suppose that’s why music fuels not only so much of what I do in life, but how I do it. I get the same kind of feeling from biking, running and yoga. Now, hopefully we’re on the same page.

This song takes me away to a beautiful mental space that doesn’t always get as much attention as it deserves. Part of it is what I was just talking about, being taken away so much by a song that it leaves you day dreaming, mind wandering. But while that mental escape goes on, there’s the more literal and physical effect of the music in this track. The plucked guitar that leads this piece into a funky, sexy piano, is like a bad lover. I mean bad, in that sexy, fun way, not in the literally bad sense. The badness of this track is what makes it so sexy. The lover who is completely conscious of their role and what they do to you, the physical effects that they have on you, everything from their style to swaggy walk, is comprable to this song. If all of those metaphysical emotions aren’t enough for you, then there’s the journey you allow your mind to take while listening. Perhaps the fantasy that builds in your mind about said bad lover is the metaphor of this entire song (sonically and lyrically), the hope that they one day turn good, that maybe one day it will be okay for you to introduce them to everyone else you love and care about, but the secret  knowledge that they will never fill that role. That’s the loss of control I was talking about, the knowledge that you’re still present and here, but a part of you is involuntarily whisked away into nothingness (but really, something), and that is what warrants the repetitive play of this song. The addiction to that emotion and mental journey, is what makes this remix by Synapson so beautiful.

Fink – Maker (Synapson Remix)

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Victor Démé – Djon Maya (Synapson Remix)

With the accessibility of music sharing today, the whole process requires a lot less time and thought than it did before. I know that I have been guilty of this, especially with Spotify. Because of the format of Spotify, I’m more likely to send a song to friends that I’m listening to, just because it makes me happy in that moment. Which is great, because that’s a type of sharing that has a lot to do with what you’re into, it’s the essence of sharing. But what really works, what really creates a connection, is when music is shared with thought. When I think about the connection that I have with that person, and what they enjoy in life and in music, that’s when there’s something special for both parties.

Because I’m such a nerd about music, I remember almost every great song that I’ve gotten from friends. Like, every time I hear this one Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs song, I think of one of my best friends from high school. The emotion that we tie to songs is almost as intense, if not more intense, than the physical enjoyment that we get from a song.

So I’ve spent all this time talking about thought and emotions tied to songs. I think it’s fair for me to say that I’ve given this song both of those things. I found this lovely remix accidentally one day when I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, and I have been hooked ever since. Synapson has become a new favorite of mine, and I follow this French duo on Soundcloud like it’s my job. They tend to stray away from the class funky French electronic sound and go more for a more minimal vibe, but the work that they have done with this Victor Démé song is lovely to say the least.

I’m thinking of you guys when I write about this. That isn’t to say that I don’t think about every track that I write about, because I most certainly do. I’m just saying, I’m thinking of the people that enjoy a good solo train ride and time to be alone with their thoughts, with this song playing into a pair of great headphones. I had this one evening with this song where I found myself on the train back from Bushwick to Williamsburg. It was a really nice end to a beautiful and happy day, but as the song picked up, I couldn’t help but smile. I felt it everywhere, and as I stepped out of the subway and made my way to the waterfront, the sun was just hitting the edge of the city’s skyline. The entire sky was filled with purples, reds and blues.

I’m not saying that you’ll have the same experience. I hope you do, but make it your own. Save this for a time when you know you’ll be ready to soak it all up. But the weather is warm and there are endless opportunities for happy moments, so go have yours!

Victor Démé – Djon Maya (Synapson Remix)

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The xx – Fiction (Synapson Remix)

It’s that time of day where the sky’s filling with purple, the air gets a little crisper, and the 9-5er’s are piling into their cars, cabs, subways, and hopping onto their bikes to shake off their day. Happy Hour is in high gear and the weekend is inching closer and closer. I’m sitting at my studio desk a mile from my apartment with a huge list of to-do’s glaring at me, yet all I want to do is sit for a bit; zone out and let things go. Thankfully I brought my laptop to the studio today for it holds my whole music trajectory and this track hasn’t made it onto my already full iPod. With my headphones on, the commotion and distractions of the other people here don’t exist. This track is playing and all I see are mouths moving but I can’t hear their words. My imagination takes over as the lush sounds of The xx and Synapson’s brilliant additions wash through my body. I imagine all the people leaving work; millions of tiny people robotically following their daily motions and the city grid. This bird’s eye view lends some perspective to this banal act and with this track as my soundtrack, it all feels calm.

Calm is what this track emotes. Despite the lyrical longing and frustration over a lover, the lazy guitar slides and staccato picking keeps the song upright. Jamie xx’s hushed monotone is soothing; haunting. There’s a sense of desperation throughout the track (perhaps it’s the keyboard chords or dropped beat towards the end), but the drum beat keeps the song grounded. It’s a sedative track that lends a sense of bliss to detachment. I can’t wait to put this track on my iPod and walk through the city streets and just let go for a couple blocks or twenty.

This is a musical space you want to fall into before the weekend begins. It’s the sonic calm before the storm. Go find your little corner of the world, relax, and slip into this track. Debauchery can wait.

The xx – Fiction (Synapson Remix)