Today I bring you the mystical wonders of producer StardonE. Where he comes from? No one knows… It was a few weeks ago that we received a string of curious emails from StardonE, and as always, persistence paid off as I couldn’t help but check out the tracks from this eager producer. When that happens, it’s hit or miss… sometimes it’s great, sometimes not so much. But listening to StardonE, I was instantly excited and have been listening to his (at least I’m presuming it’s a dude) tracks. Here’s one to lead it off…
The song starts off with a pretty simple drum pattern layered over an unassuming bassline that makes me feel like I’m about to grab my lead pipe and head into battle in Streets of Rage. But then everything changes as a delicate arpeggio slowly trickles into the song. I love songs that surprise us. The arpeggio slowly builds up into some outer space pads ringing out at :30 seconds into the song, and you start to wonder, where is this song going? And my favorite part of the song, shortly after that, when you think those notes are about to ring out for eight bars, with a complete buildup going into whatever it’s going into, but instead it catches you by surprise and it all drops in 4 bars later. I love when those drums hit at :38.
I like to think that I can tell where a producer is from by listening to their tracks (something Evan mentioned in a previous post), though I can’t say whether I’m always right. As you can tell by StardonE’s Myspace, they’re from Antarctica, which is pretty sweet. Do you think some antarctic scientists brought their MacBook Pro’s and some MIDI keyboards down with them on their latest expedition and started a dreamwave band? I actually have a pretty good idea where StardonE is reallllly from (though my initial guess was wrong), and I will say it’s not Antarctica. Where do you guys think they’re from?
Listening to ‘Space Romance’ makes me feel like I’m walking through a crowded neon city, really buzzed and hanging on for dear life. The sky is dark behind the neon skyline and the air is cool as I wade through all the commotion around me. The reverb washes over me when I hear this song… so simple, but it captures a great spirit of intoxication.
There were 2 little hints in there pointing towards where I think StardonE calls home. It seems like a great place to visit and have a good time, so hopefully I make it there someday.
And as always, here’s one to leave you off with.
Enjoy guys, and let’s solve this mystery!