The roots of Los Angeles synth duo Dream System 8 goes back to a Tinder match and a short date. David Klotz and Erica Elektra were both single parents, musicians and living in Pasadena, and so they thought they'd give Tinder a try. And while their first date wasn't particularly long, they did connect over a shred love of music and that specific process of creation. They soon had plans for a musical (if not romantic) reunion.
As the music editor of TV shows like "Stranger Things," "Game of Thrones" and "American Horror Story," Klotz was constantly bombarded by different types of music, but it was the synth-based sounds of "Stranger Things" that really drove him to search out some vintage equipment and begin fooling around with various synthesizers. He'd been making music in other projects for years but with his synth collection growing, he began planning to make a pop record that was built around these instruments.
Elektra provides the necessary lyrical grounding for the wilder instincts that Klotz explores in his music. Her voice draws the entire mass of sound back to the ground, keeping it corralled and manageable, even as it struggles against the confines of its synth-pop environments. Between them, Dream System 8 is a way for their occasionally disparate rhythmic impulses to find resolution and acknowledgement. Recently, they released their debut record, "We Sleep Again," and through its electronic synthesis, they reveal the complexities and unexpected contours of the synth-pop genre.
On their most recent single, "Color the Stars," they develop a euphoric electronic awareness, a sense of emotional connectedness that lays its roots deep beneath the fluorescent facade of the song. Elektra's fluid vocals glide across the swooning synth lines and ecstatic beats, creating a vibrant and interactive atmosphere. Despite the electric personality of the track, there is a n intimate resonance that manages to work its way free from the surrounding glitz and sparkle. There is experience and an emotional depth here that goes against our assumptions of these sounds. Klotz and Elektra guide the song to a satisfying resolve that leaves you breathless and sated.