Melbourne-based dark electronica producer and vocalist CIVIQUE, aka Brendan Ward, introduces his brand-new track, “Hold,” an appetizer from his forthcoming EP, Dive, slated for release June 25.
CIVIQUE shares, "I’m so excited to release this track to the world finally. It’s been a long journey, but I’m super proud. ‘Hold’ sonically captures the energy, darkness, and happiness within all of us. The track focuses on the fear of change and never letting go. ‘Hold’ was one of my favourites to write that's featured on the EP and is the precursor for heavier things to come."
With his tantalizing sound, a blend of alternative house, bass-propelled dance, and indietronica elements, CIVIQUE’s musical journey began with a drum lesson when he was 12 years old, followed by delving into guitar, then bass guitar, and finally piano. When he acquired the digital audio workstation Reason, there was no stopping him.
Later, CIVIQUE hooked up with producer Ben Hornstein, followed by releasing his 2019 debut single, “This Place I Love,” and then last year’s “Memory.”
“Hold” opens on industrial tones flowing into a thumping kick drum topped by murky, sleazy synths and a fat, throbbing bassline. CIVIQUE’s rich, vibrant voice imbues the lyrics with intoxicating textures, narrating the human desire for things to remain the same, witnessed by fervently trying to hold onto everything around you. Simultaneously compelling and palpably contagious, “Hold” conveys oodles of surging layers of sonic oomph.
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