Synthwave virtuoso Highway Superstar has shared his new single ‘Pangea.’ The track is lifted from his upcoming album Contraband which will drop on November 19th via Dive Into Music.
Alex Karlinsky is the man behind the moniker, born and based in Tel-Aviv, Israel. His sound has been likened to Duran Duran, FM84 and The Weeknd, and he has racked up over 15 million plays online.
‘Pangea’s 80’s inspired soundscape is a consistently intriguing experiment that offers ample rewards with each new listen. Highway Superstar merges a jazzy saxophone with retro synths, lyrics centred around the “old continent”, and sound bites of the natural world, resulting in a beautiful balance of the simple and the strange. In short, ‘Pangea’ is a warm, organic and occasionally psychedelic track that will take you to interesting places if you’ll let it.
‘Pangea’ features on the Spotify playlist SYNTHWAVE_GROUND.fm
The producer tells us about the inspiration for the single: “Pangea was written about the fantasy to go back to simpler times; when nature was earth’s ruling force and there weren’t any humans around to tarnish it. The music came to me instantly, but I sat on it for some time before I started hearing the chorus in my head. I knew I wanted to name the song Pangea, and the lyrics to the chorus were already pretty clear to me but otherwise, I had no lyrics. When I started recording it all came into place quite naturally, especially the chorus. As the song took shape and I realized it’s gonna take the listener to a fantasy land, I decided to augment that emotion with saxophone and some foley effects. I hope it takes you on a journey!”
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