“Goodbye Berlin,” the new single from Parralox, the Electro-Pop band fronted by John von Ahlen, is a track about running away from a lover. It’s darker and more introspective than the band’s recent release, “Tears of Faith”, but like its predecessor, is also based on real life.
“I wrote the song after a tense visit with a friend in Berlin,” von Ahlen explains. “It got to the point where I literally had to get the hell out of Berlin as quickly as a I could. I mean, I just didn’t want to be there.”
Some of the lyrics are taken directly from text messages von Ahlen sent to friends at the time, including the song’s opening line: I spent three days walking in the rain. “I escaped to London a few days later where I wrote the song in a day, taking elements of what happened and turning it into a bitter-sweet love song,” the singer-songwriter says.
Johanna Gervin, who sings the lead vocals on “Goodbye Berlin,” scored the opportunity by being at the right place at the right time. “A few days after writing the song in London, I was in Manchester for a gig,” John von Ahlen continues. “Johanna lives in Manchester, so I asked her to record the vocals. She nailed it with a sound that exudes that sense of isolation and detachment I felt in Berlin.”
“I was actually pregnant when we recorded the song and boy oh boy, I didn’t realize how out of breath I would get carrying my daughter,” Gervin laughs. “It did, however, give John wanted the vocal quality he was after.”
The music video was filmed late at night in Manchester, UK, and depicts von Ahlen and Gervin, dressed in black, walking alone in the city center. John von Ahlen chose locations that looked moody and bleak, in order to fit the sentiment of the song.
“I’ve been directing music videos for over two decades, and it can be jarring when you have to step into the role of director with people you are close with, as I am with Johanna,” von Ahlen reflects. “Luckily, Johanna’s a real trooper, a professional who takes direction and never complains, even when it’s two in the morning and freezing cold, like how it was on the shoot for Goodbye Berlin!”
“Goodbye Berlin” is the second single released from Parralox’s ‘Genesis’ album. “‘This album is more mature than anything we’ve ever produced, especially in terms of its songwriting,” von Ahlen contends. “When the band first started, we borrowed a lot from the 80s. We still do today, but to a much lesser extent. We’re finding more of our own style and exhibiting our own unique perspective.”
Parralox launched in 2007 when, on a whim, John von Ahlen collaborated with vocalist Rowena “Roxy” Martin for a track he had written, “I Fell In Love With A Drum Machine.” The song became a hit and led to the duo recording their first album together, ‘Electricity.’
Now in its fifteenth year, the band has experienced several shake-ups. It currently features John von Ahlen as the band’s lead vocalist and female vocalists Johanna Gervin, Jane Badler, and Louise Love. Ian Burden (formerly of The Human League) rounds out the band in the role of guest Bass Guitarist.
“I hope fans enjoy our new sound,” John von Ahlen continues. “It’s been a while since we released original material, and it’s really so awesome to get this out there. It never ceases to amaze me when we get feedback on social media about the songs and videos, and it’s really rewarding when people say they are inspired by the songs. It’s the ultimate compliment.”
“Goodbye Berlin” is available on Spotify and all digital platforms.
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Hear This Fresh Synthpop Cover Of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams”
Fleetwood Mac fans, this one’s for you! Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Valley Lights has resurfaced with a brilliant Synthpop cover of Stevie Nicks’ timeless hit “Dreams” that you simply can’t miss.
After keeping this innovative version under wraps for months, Valley Lights is finally ready to share his melodic rendition of the 1977 chart-topper. As a matter of fact, it’s also featured on his recent debut album, ‘Two Lane Highway.’
You can expect nostalgic textures from the classic sound of Synthpop combined with modern production mastery. In the same way, this up-and-coming talent will transport you to neon-drenched New-Wave fantasylands through a cool music video.
If you’re into genre-blending covers, retro stuff, or just rare gems that bring new life to beloved masterpieces, this synth rework is sure to cast its spell. Besides, Valley Lights’ elusive yet entrancing spin on Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams,” turns it once again into a memorable track.
At the same time, exceptional finds don’t get much better than this impeccably crafted stunner. In other words, here the artist manages to distill a dreamy essence while instilling it with fresh magic.
Without further ado, the entire cover is an artful, alchemical reinvention.
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Alan Walker Goes Electro-Pop On New Track “Heart Over Mind”
Alan Walker has been making EDM bangers since his debut, but today he’s taking the Electro-Pop edge to the next level with “Heart Over Mind.” This is a dope collaboration with the super-talented Daya who sings on the track.
Evidently, the cinematic music video directed by Mads Neset is clearly inspired by the popular Science Fiction movie, 1984. Not to mention, each scene will transport you to wonder what life would be like in such a world of strict control and constant surveillance.
By the end, you can’t help but reflect on the deeper message behind the visuals, making you question your own freedoms. On top of that, it’s easy to get immediately drawn in by the infectious synthesizers and the sweet vocals.
Moreover, the song lyrics explore the inner conflict between temptation and reason, symbolized by the classic metaphor of the devil and angel on one’s shoulders. It delves into the experience of making mistakes in love, feeling torn between different emotions, and the challenge of resisting irresistible allure.
Certainly, “Heart Over Mind” highlights the ongoing struggle between one’s emotions and logical thinking. At the end of the day, this tune is something special that resonates with a wide range of listeners.
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WATCH: PYN Makes Music Magic With Electro-Pop Instruments
Hailing from the Netherlands, PYN demonstrates her cutting-edge sound with “Beat Drama.” In her new music video, various sizes and models of Electro-Pop instruments can be seen as she delivers a spectacular performance.
Furthermore, she excels at crafting effortlessly magical melodies with synthesizers, drum machines, effects processors, and an electric guitar. Undoubtedly, all of these Electro-Pop instruments and her expertise unleash a dancefloor euphoria.
Moreover, she sings in a pleasing, tuneful manner, and her authentic expression will connect with you right away.
One way or another, PYN proves profoundly skilled at extracting the essence of today’s modern music. From the opening pulsations, it’s clear she is passionate about what she creates with her hands and ears.
Obviously, it is with good reason that PYN has rightly earned her place among Electro-Pop’s new elite. Consider this a thesis on why her infectious beats are so addictive…
Above all, I also love when her falsettos hit those high notes throughout the chorus. “Beat Drama” will stuck in your head because of its top-notch quality, plus, you can tell she has put a lot of energy into sculpting such a great composition.
There’s no denying it; this tune merits a rating beyond 5 stars.