Hollowlove kicks off 2019 with a new single off their forthcoming album. “I Love My Computer” is about society’s crazy obsession with technology. A throbbing 98bpm four-on-the-floor groove backs up Ryan Slemko, as he exercises the full range of his vocals, from high falsetto to bass, even some spoken parts. Comparisons are hard on this track, but you’ll hear the influence of The Knife, Jamiroquai’s “Automaton” album, and even Vangelis in the climax. As with every Hollowlove track, all parts are original, hardware analog synths or acoustic recordings. No samples.
Keith Gillard created the central groove of “I Love My Computer” right around the time vocalist Ryan Slemko was leaving a failed start-up. The lyrics and vocal melody reflect Ryan’s darkly humorous inner monologue, coming to terms with all the beautiful summer days he’d missed while focusing on a dead end job. Keith fleshed out the schizophrenic vibe with bursts of computer noise using the ARP 2600, the same synth used in building the voice of R2-D2. Likewise, the vocal arrangement devolves into something increasingly robotic.
In the cover (as always, painted by Ryan) we see a cluttered retro ’80s bedroom, voyeurs to a girl, absorbed – or even being absorbed- by her modern technology. The music video similarly plays with footage that is so horribly compressed that the subjects, including the band members, are turned into creepy, unrecognizable blobs.