You Are The Sun is the latest single from Sunset Neon and is a complete delight. Featuring on his upcoming album, it references 70s and 80s genres with aplomb, subtle musical nods to the likes of Grandmaster Flash, early synthpop and boyband balladeering, all wrapped up in a shimmering and clear production style that gives the whole thing an air of modernity and class.
Bret from Sunset Neon is more well known for his electro-rock project Blue Stahli, and it’s fair to say that whilst musically there is little crossover, You Are The Sun features the same levels of painstaking layering, production and attention to detail that makes Blue Stahli stand out amongst their peers.
He says of the track; “You Are The Sun was sort of the prototype of the dreamier side of Sunset Neon and experimenting with going for a more lo-fi approach. Reducing bitrates, pitching audio down, filters all over the place. Also, where I really started messing with making parts of this sound like a well-worn cassette.
The demo vocals were recorded late at night through the built-in laptop mic, and I wound up really liking the “even softer” vocal approach to pair with the haziness of the track. It’s caught in this weird in-between of dreamy lo-fi track, and kind of a slow nu disco thing, but mixing those genres together is part of what Sunset Neon is all about.”
You Are The Sun is out now and will feature on the upcoming Neon Sunset album Starlight – click on the link for more details on streaming and ordering.