Like rays of sunshine filtering through gum tree branches, the new track ‘Out Of Love’ from Robotikus, collaborating with fellow Hobart residents Cal Young (KOWL) and vocalist Calypso, is a celestial shining beacon of light, leavened with shades of melancholia and tristesse. The inherent sense of yearning provides a delicious counterpoint to the euphoric choruses and bubbling instrumentation. We are very honoured to give you an early engagement with this engaging slice of disco pop.
Robotikus is the moniker of producer and multi-instrumentalist Scott Targett. The result of his collaboration with KOWL and Calypso is a mesmerising, smooth and shimmering track that funks and bubbles underneath Calypso’s yearning expressive vocals. The lyrics disclose the vulnerability of relationships and the music captures this heart-fluttering emotion in its funky, dappled flow.
I don’t mind baby if it shows
Now I feel out of love we could take it slow
And I never saw the signs I was overthrown
Now I feel out of love we will never know
Robotikus and Calypso say of the themes:
‘Out of Love’ is a modern-disco pop song which reflects on unrequited love and the idealisation of the unattainable.
The result is something that is utterly satisfying: a perfect amalgam of smooth and languid disco pop with an indelible bittersweet taste. Have an exclusive listen below via the mesmerising visualiser.
It’s great to see further evidence of the creativity that is bursting out of the southern edges of the world. ‘Out Of Love’ is available through all the usual downloading and streaming sites tomorrow (Friday, 26 November 2021).
Targett has been professionally playing music most of his life. As a musical director, he has curated shows for festivals and worked alongside iconic Australian artists such as Shane Howard (Goanna), Mike Noga (The Drones) and Glenn Richards (Augie March). As a studio session musician, Scott has worked on a variety of records ranging in style from Afro-beat, Country, Lo-fi-Instrumental, Folk, Country and Soul. He is also a member of Tasmanian indie-rock band Lennon Wells and a touring member of Golden Guitar winning band the Wolfe Brothers.
KOWL aka Cal Young is an artist and producer from Hobart, whose music has been described as “Disco-Tinged House,” though he habitually self-describes it as “Beach House House.” Outside of Robotikus and Calypso, Cal has produced tracks for such notable Australian artists as Asta and Hugo Bladel, and in 2017 released his collaborative hit single ‘Just Words’ with Juno Award-winning Canadian, Guyanese, Indian artist Anjulie.
Melbourne-via-Tassie artist Calypso is a singer songwriter and producer. After finishing her study at Hobart’s Conservatorium of Music and delving into the eclectic world of folk music in Edinburgh, Calypso returned to Australia to pursue electronic music and now releases her own unique blend of subdued electronic/acoustic sounds where her voice is the captivating centrepiece. Together with KOWL, Calypso is also one half of electronic duo S L O W who have played major festivals including Falls Festival, Party in the Paddock, Dark Mofo, Bigsound and A Festival Called Panama.