WOLRDS released a haunting new single full of sparkle and glam called, “Watchin”. The full package will instantly remind you of 80s electro-pop. Who are the artists behind it? WORLDS is actually a collaborative group made up of Antoine Diligent and BlondFire. The duo hails from Los Angles bringing forth a style very few modern artists tackle these days. Their sound is somewhat of a rarity. That being said, let’s dig in.
I’m surprised at how well WORLDS nails the neon-laced 80s style. It honestly reminds me of caked makeup, denim jackets, neon lights, and big egos. How do they pull it off? They mix together all of the perfect ingredients: futuristic synth, delayed guitar, and the classic reverberated snare drum we all know. Antoine Diligent has a bright bubblegum pop vibe, and BlondFire’s vocals have an unsettling glimmer. I did some extra listening to both solo artists. After hearing them individually, it becomes easier to pick out their creative contributions on “Watchin”. They make a good team, and the record really captures what both artists can do.
We’re full of disgrace, so shattered and broken
All over the place, the truth isn’t golden
We’ll follow the pace, excuses are wearin’ out
When it comes to lyrics, expect to encounter a really cool mix of emotion. My personal favorite line is, “The truth isn’t golden”. As always, I found myself getting tied up with the theme of the song. Certain songs grab me; other’s barely catch my ear. “Watchin” sits somewhere in the middle. If you’re a fan of “anything different” this might be the perfect match. For others, it might be too much of a novelty to enjoy. Either way, you can’t tell me they don’t sound like they used a time machine. That in itself is impressive. A lot of people are grabbing at a piece of the 80s electro-pop sound. A ton of bands are pulling strands from this rug, and it’s catching on to almost everything it seems.
There’s such a stark contrast between the tone of the song and what’s actually being said in the lyrics. It took me a few listens to fully grasp the somber scenes they paint. The song makes me emit a depressing mindset, but the instrumentals are so enjoyable, I barely notice.
Thanks to the lyrics, the song definitely has a dark tone, so don’t let yourself get too distracted by the trippy atmosphere. It’s a cool song to get lost in, but it’s hard to find a way out.
I’m beginning to see more of this style revitalize itself in the weirdest places. This sub-genre of pop is beginning to make a comeback under the rug. Will it stick around? WORLDS sounds like both artists are making the good kind of noise.
Whether you’re in love with the 80s or you just want to taste something new, WORLDS has what you need.
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