Santa Rosa-based alternative pop artist Darwin presents his new single ‘Dance Alone’, a fantastic synth-led explosion of energy attesting to the strength of human spirit.
This new single follows up Darwin’s latest ‘We Are Matter’ EP (February 2020) and 2019’s ‘So Few Comets’ LP featuring contributions by David J (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets), Victor DeLorenzo (Violent Femmes), Brian Liesegang (Nine Inch Nails, Filter, Billy Corgan) and Kerry Brown (Smashing Pumpkins).
Written by Darwin (full name Darwin Meiners), this song was performed and recorded together with Julian Shah-Tayler (a.k.a. The Singularity), who also handled production and mixing. It was mastered by Zeus and Grammy-award-winning producer Robert Margouleff (DEVO, Stevie Wonder) at The Nest Studio in Hollywood.
“Dance Alone was written before the current stay at home orders and was not meant to be related in any way. Initially, this was to be a song about regret and moving on but it soon morphed into something else,” says Darwin.
“Despite its somber lyrics, I find hope and happiness in the freedom to simply be one’s self regardless if they are alone or not. Sometimes it’s much easier to do when you’re alone, in fact.”
Stradding several genres simultaneously, Darwin’s music is a welcome addition to 2020’s musical palette. By assimilating new ideas, processes and instrumentation into his work, Darwin continues to advance as an artist. Often found collaborating with renowned similar-minded artists, his alternative pop sound has a dark, electronic feel rooted in the 80s.
Informed via ethereal introspection, Darwin’s music takes the listener on a sonic voyage that blurs the boundaries between nostalgia and the future. His stunning electronically-driven arrangements that are often complimented with visual art projections that reflect the signs of our times and remind us how rare beauty can be. HIs work commands attention.
Written by Darwin
Produced + Mixed by Julian Shah-Tayler
Performed + Recorded by Darwin and Julian Shah-Tayler
Mastered by Zeus and Margouleff at the Nest Studio, Hollywood Ca.
Video Director: Linda Strawberry
Cover Art: Mark Gleason
Color photo by Mila Reynaud. Black and white photo by Darwin Meiners
“A pure, confessional soul… Sound of the Zeitgeist!” – David J (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets)
“Kind of like if T-Rex had happened in the early 80’s” – producer Christopher Smart
“Seductive, yet ruminative track… slowly shuffling drum reverberations, shining synths that twist into effervescent shapes… makes you want to dance and, at the same time, whiz through the corridors of one’s mind, skimming for similar past experiences involving sweet brushes with euphoria” – Big Takeover Magazine
“Definitely hearing the ghost of Love and Rockets” – Mark Gemini Thwaite
(Peter Murphy, Tricky, The Mission)