Premiere: Deer teams up with Genes for his first song of 2019, Let Me Know
The Melbourne producer has been overlooked in our electronic scene for years, but his latest might change that.
Header photo by Jae Besorio.
Deer - the production alias of Melbourne's Tom Hitchcock, is a name that we're well familiar with from past years, whether it be releasing his earlier music via our Pilerats Records venture (RIP), or covering some of his latest stuff, like the Beth Duck-featuring 2018 highlight Lost. It was "an abrasive and vivacious electro-pop tune" as we described it on release, solidifying Deer's production and songwriting skills while signalling an exciting step forward, debuting a refined and polished take of his electronic twangs that are more-so bent around soaring guest vocals that clanging percussion hits and drilling synth (which, to be fair, also used to work well in his favour).
Skip forward a few months, and today we're premiering what feels like a natural progression from Lost, teaming up with Australian songwriting gun Maddy Rowe - a songwriter and vocalist we recently spotlighted, in awe of her co-writes alongside Maribelle, Young Franco and Sam Bluer - for an infectious new slice titled Let Me Know. Combining searing synth melodies and a subtle, metallic-esque tang with Genes' (Rowe's new vocal alias) soaring vocal, which rises and falls alongside the swelling production. "I love the final product of Let Me Know because the vocals have an underlying sense of darkness, but it’s presented in a way anyone can enjoy," says Deer on the single, noting the contrast of the track's bright production and twinkling keys next to Genes' emotive vocal. "I love making happy-sad songs."
Let Me Know is effectively a display of the future. Deer, after years of grinding as a producer more-so in the club space, is now tackling accessible electro-pop with slight left-field edges that could easily be slammed on the radio, while Rowe is primed to follow in the footsteps of super-songwriters like Sarah Aarons - herself having a vocalist side-alias PAIGE IV. It's a real good time, so take a listen to the single below:
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