MUSIC | Synth-pop and EDM craftsmen sharpen their teeth on a dazzling new remix.
"We felt it needed a refresh with new musical inspiration since then," says producer Corey LeRue about the new reinvention.
Peering into the eye of the storm, synth-pop four-piece Neon Dreams, out of Halifax, assembled together a colossal carton of seven stunners on their 2015 debut EP, To You. Not knowing exactly what to expect, especially in the cluttered EDM/DJ landscape, the collection secured millions of streams--"Marching Bands" stands at nearly five million, while songs like "Machu Picchu" and "Survive" have gathered several hundred thousand apiece. Not a small feat, even in the day and age of streaming proliferation. As they look forward to their long-awaited follow-up, they chose to revisit one of the EP's original tracks, the guitar-driven "Find a Way," reworking the song with a thumping new remix featuring Sarah Mark.
The tropical and breezy revamp premieres exclusively today, and you might be motivated to hop aboard a plane to Barbados or the Virgin Islands. The lyric video, containing a sparkling blue animated pool and swaying palm trees, is that undeniable. Songwriter and producer Corey LeRue details how the collaboration came about to Popdust, saying, "The original version for 'Find a Way' was made almost a year ago before our last EP 'To You' was released. We all loved the original version, but we felt it needed a refresh with new musical inspiration since then."
"We have known Sarah Mark from her past few singles having radio success here in Canada. We were both nominated in the same category for the Canadian Radio Music awards this year, so we reached out about the idea of having her feature on our new remix," he continues. "She loved the vibe, and recorded her vocals right away. We think it adds a whole new dynamic to the back and forth love story of the song, and feel it took the track to a new level."
Mark's caramel smooth vocal wraps around the lyrics like a half dozen bags of Werther's Originals melting in the summer sun. Her tone is sticky and lingers on the eardrums, matched with the precise but liberating production style. "You pull all my strings You push all my buttons You get me in trouble, baby," she proposes, taking up the second verse. "I love it, usually closed off--so lets take our clothes off. Higher then rooftops, avoiding the roadblocks, babe." Then, the pre-chorus heats up even more: "Upside down, inside out. It's written all over your face. Is this enough to call it love? Are you in it for the thrill or the chase? I've got every intention of making this work..."
Neon Dreams' debut EP went on to win five awards, including three at the Music Express Awards for Top Canadian R&B/Rap Group, Top Emerging Canadian Artist/Group and Top Canadian R&B/Rap Album for To You. Previous award winners include Shawn Mendes and David Bowie. To say they're inching into total global domination is an understatement.
The quartet are set to open for The Chainsmokers at Calgary Stampede on July 9.
Check out their upcoming tour dates:
June 8 - Crescent Grand Prix - Montreal
June 16 - Glow Fair Festival - Ottawa
June 17 - The Mansion - Kingston
June 21 - Aboriginal Day Live - Winnipeg
Jun 30: Royal Ontario Museum - Toronto
July 1 - Celebration Square - Mississauga
July 2 - The Ranch Roadhouse - Edmonton
July 7 - The Capital Music Club - Saskatoon
July 9 - Cowboys Stampede Tent - Calgary
July 14 - The Mule On Martin - Penticton
July 15 - Status Nightclub - Vernon
August 19 - Smooth Truck Festival - Smooth Rock Falls
August 20 - Riverfest Elora - Elora
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The classic He-Man meme video stands the test of time as an iconic example of queer-coded art.
In December of 2005, Brokeback Mountain shifted queer-coded cinema into the mainstream.
Prior to 2005, "New Queer Cinema"––a term coined by film scholar B. Ruby Rich in Sight & Sound to define the queer-themed independent film movement, which focused on rejecting heteronormativity and concentrated on LGBTQ protagonists––existed on the fringe of the film world. It's worth noting that while the movement primarily refers to the boom in independent LGBTQ films from 1992 onwards, queer cinema existed for many years prior, albeit without a proper name. But regardless of nomenclature, New Queer Cinema was typically designated for niche audiences, relegated to arthouse showings at best.
There's a big problem with the trailer for Morbius, Sony's upcoming Marvel outing that is definitely not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe even though it has Michael Keaton reprising his role as Vulture (please let us keep our license, Disney!).
See if you can spot it.
MORBIUS - Teaser Trailer www.youtube.com
If you answered, "Sampling Beethoven's 'Für Elise' to line up with blue-tinted action shots is the absolute lowest effort, brain-dead attempt to signify 'gothic vampire movie' in the entire history of movie trailers," you're correct, but that's still not the biggest problem with Morbius. No, the biggest problem is that Morbius is played by Jared Leto.