Kicking off our series of premieres, we are joining forces with Born Days for the release of her new music video for “Where We Live,” an 80s driven track that throw hints to some of the greats of the New Wave era like Depeche Mode and Pet Shop Boys. The visuals fits the existential and haunting themes of the eponymous record.
About the song and overall concept of the record, Harris comments:
“Where We Live” is an unbridled attempt to explore the meaning of our existence on this planet and find some truth in experiencing our current, and oftentimes dark, reality through the experimentation of sound. I often obsess over what is reality verses what is simulated and how it has become harder and harder to distinguish one from the other, especially within the context of the recent discovery that new technologies are at the heart of a massive thought control experiment, and the new phenomena that is the total immersion of ourselves into our social media worlds and virtual identities. These themes led me to focus on creating a sound that emphasizes the coming union of artificial intelligence, machines, and the fallibility of human nature. I’m not interested in writing love songs that scratch at the surface of loneliness or attempting to appeal to mainstream music culture, rather the songs on this album attempt to explore the deepest, darkest unknowns of our human nature through a unique and unconventional sonic vision. I wrote these songs as if we already have destroyed the world as we know it and need to rebuild a vision of humanity that was completely undone by us.
I attempted to create soundscapes on the “Where We Live” EP that will tell this story. I focused on instrumentation inspired by an early era of synthesizers and sequencers developed when electronics started emerging as musical instruments and changed the language of sound forever. I write, record, and produce everything in my tiny little DIY studio with my computer at the heart of this process. I think, though, that the computer can become one of the most intimate instruments as this machine can accidentally (or intentionally) become an extension of our true self and allow us to bridge the gap between human emotion and artificial intelligence, and from here we can begin to tell the story of this new relationship whether or not it is good or bad. The sonic vision on “Where We Live” was inspired by the sounds of retro and electronic drum machines, dreamy ambiences simulated by the use of effects pedals, digital reverbs, and sequenced delays, and the dark apocalyptic sound of computer glitch inspired synthesizers and rare sound samples. Even the vocals on “Where We Live” sometimes straddle the line between robotic vs. human.
This EP came into existence only because of a weird and unstoppable desire to delve into the subconscious and reflect on the philosophy of truth, and more specifically, the contingent truths versus the necessary truths in our perceived reality. What’s interesting about the nature of sound is the physicality of it and how it is energy and pressure that move through space and time, and this idea became so magical to me that I wanted to tap into its mythos and, with humility, see what it wanted to say.
BORN DAYS – WHERE WE LIVE (Official Video) from Born Days on Vimeo.
Born Days is Chicago based singer, songwriter, and producer Melissa Harris known for making her own brand of cinematic darkwave electronic pop that evokes all things dreamy and apocalyptic.
Harris uses reverb-drenched vocals, computer glitch inspired synthesizers, and a variety of sampled drums and drum machines to produce lush hazy soundscapes that are both upbeat and dark.
Born Days’ music is heavily inspired by the synthesizers modeled in the late 70s and early 80s, drums sampled from early 90s house and hiphop, and the iconic sound of the Rhodes Wurlitzer and the Hammond organ.
She would spend the next two years playing live sets around the Midwest with local, national, and international artists such as Negative Gemini, Kedr Livanskiy, George Clanton, ESPIRIT, and Pixel Grip. During this time Harris also began working on organizing her own record label Rain Heart Records and producing the new music that is the Where We Live EP.