Drop Shadow

by Eyeliner

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Nimbus Shenanigans you're on your bike, riding down a semi-crowded street in the hot sun. in the distance, you see the skyline of your city with radiating heatwaves obfuscating the shapes of the various skyscrapers. your cassette walkman is playing your favorite album, and the last track plays. a smile stretches across your face as you ride with a glint in your sunglasses into the horizon as the sun begins its descent. that's how Reverie makes me feel. :^) Favorite track: Reverie.
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jonathan_blayze It really doesn't matter what you were doing or feeling. You play this album and you are having pure childish fun. A trip into nostalgia without the sadness of a passing dream, you are here to have fun and smile :) Favorite track: Coffee News.
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centralfocus Smooth as silk Favorite track: Carry On.
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Los Angeles 03:31
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Contact 04:16
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Promise 03:40
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Keep Calm 04:41
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Carry On 03:34
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Coffee News 02:40
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Drop Shadow 04:18
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Potpourri 05:29
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Reverie 04:47

about

Drop Shadow is the new album from New Zealand native Luke Rowell, and his first release under the Eyeliner name since 2015’s Buy Now (Beer on the Rug). The album is filled with highly composed MIDI pop music that covers a range of mood and emotion, from the uplifting Vince DiCola-esque opener to the beautiful digital vocal “ahh”s that merge into crashing waves at the end of “Keep Calm”. Rowell is using the language of instrumental dance and pop to express multiple themes, the first being personal loss and caring for a sick loved one, as reflected on the suite of songs from “Contact” to “Carry On”. At the albums center these songs form a sort of emotional core that also reframe lighter pieces like “Coffee News” as mini respites along the way.

Drop Shadow also explores Rowell’s fascination with American and Japanese music culture and their many intersections, most evident to me on the upbeat “Drop Shadow” which utilizes the Korg Wavestatoion and M1 VST (which is the highest selling synth of all time in its hardware form) and lands somewhere between early house music, a Madonna instrumental, and something from a Nintendo 64 soundtrack.

If the previous Eyeliner album LARP of Luxury can be seen as a sunrise record and BUY NOW as night time music, Drop Shadow goes from morning to night and back again. Songs like “Reverie” can feel bright and head-nodding on first listen, only to shift into a hopeful melancholy the second time through.

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released August 14, 2020

Composition, Mix & Mastering: Luke Rowell
Visual art: Keith Rankin

This album is dedicated to my mother Sue Rowell

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