German electronic music producer and DJ, Blindsmyth was just going about his normal life as any other emerging musician in Berlin might have been. It was March and he was taking advantage of the slower winter months to develop new songs as well as plan the gigs set out for the year ahead. That’s before the pandemic struck, of course. The artist who, like so many others, saw his income dwindle and his future fog up, found himself with no other choice but to hold on. Whilst he did, a new EP ‘Hold On’ also emerged.
The EP’s title track, ‘Hold On’ might sound preachy, but it really isn’t. As a matter of fact, Blindsmyth initially meant it for no one but himself, “Hold On was a motivational track for myself”, he explains “Hold On, stay strong, there will be better times”. The artist would repeat these words like a mantra every day, and soon enough they acquired a musicality. A beat was added. Then some keys. Guitar chords. Before he knew it, he had composed the EP’s first single. Blindsmyth has always drawn on his background with acoustic instruments to inspire pop and rock qualities to his electronic productions, but in ‘Hold On’ his digitally harmonised vocals evoke more than just the organic – there’s something ethereal to his singing. Like with his previous productions, it’s hard to pin down a genre for this music; there is electronica and house in there, and definitely pop, but there’s also an emotional honesty that resembles the more folky terrains of Bon Iver and Sufjan Stevens too.
Blindsmyth’s ‘Hold on’ is a call for resilience amidst turbulent times. As many of us wonder what the future might look like, this music gives us some security. Not in some miracle solution to our problems, but rather with it, Blindsmyth pumps our own well of inner strength.
‘Hold On’ is out today on Ki Records.