Robert O’Connor brings the human back in electronic music. If at some point you heard it become too controlled by the digital aspect, Robert strikes an innate balance. Almost a Zen purpose is found in the music, and he shows us this with his popular single, Separate Ways. This is from his album from last year, Severance.
I fell out of love from EDM after the Tommy Trash era. It was a sound and technique explosion I couldn’t keep up with. Robert O’Connor maintains that melodic spine that all music has. With his poignant and heartfelt lyrics, the dynamism is realized. Though a sad conclusion, the danceable song creates a clear and crisp contrast. Robert walks that line with confidence and incredible poise. This is an artist who is making waves with the styles and quality of audio he chooses. You always hear an effort to create a bubble of sound that exists, tailor-made for the song alone. This is a way of approaching music as someone who wants to dissolve those boundaries. Catchy yet sharp and crystalline in the writing style, Robert has made me fall back in love with a genre that was fleeting away.
I could clearly see this song being successful in the HBO show, Euphoria. With the electronic influences with melodic turns and twists, you can feel the drama unfold. It is a brilliant song, and for more than one reason one of his most popular. He has re-released it as a single now, for it pulsates with the energy of the summer. You can listen to his album and follow him for more energetic, well arranged music that is definitely to come. Till then, enjoy Severance and this single!