St. Lucia – Utopia I (EP) (2022) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

St. Lucia – Utopia I (EP) (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 22:46 minutes | 478 MB | Genre: Pop, Electronic, Synth-pop
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Led by husband-and-wife duo South Africa-born Jean-Philip Grobler and Germany-born Patti Beranek, St. Lucia retreats from a fractured world on fire and into the glow of a rapturous synth-spiked electro-pop catharsis—like a dance party at the edge of existence. On the aptly titled Utopia I EP, St. Lucia beams out a light of its own and shines brighter than ever.

“In a way, this is my rebellion against the darkness of the world,” states Jean-Philip. “From the beginning, the name St. Lucia came from me making escapist music. In South Africa, there’s a place called St. Lucia, and it’s similar to the island in the Caribbean because it’s where you escape. It’s utopia. There are many ideas of utopia, whether it means virus-free or a virtual tech utopia. It’s easy to feel depressed these days, so I’m trying to bring something joyous to the world. I was sick of seeing stuff on the Internet, and I just wanted to feel good. That’s what being human is about. We have to feel alive, no matter what is happening around us.”

Patti adds, “I feel really proud of the EP. I think there is purity in it that you can’t describe. You just have to listen and feel it. I think that this comes from having another child, being parents, and being thrown into a weird time in our lives. It unleashes things, and I think we did a good job capturing that.”

Inspired by everyone from David Bowie, The Weeknd, Daft Punk, and Parcels, Jean-Philip wrote and recorded at a feverish pace. They enlisted the mixing talents of trusted collaborator Chris Zane [Passion Pit, The Walkmen] and buttoned up their first new music in four years. The opener “Separate World” rides shimmering keys, handclaps, and a propulsive groove, followed by the retro-pop track “Another Lifetime.” Elsewhere on the EP is first single, “Rocket On My Feet, which hinges on high-register vocals underlined by neon-hued disco keys, and “Memory,” the EP closer that unfurls like a dreamy night-time lullaby. To support today’s EP release, the group shares a euphoric-pop single, “The Golden Age.” “‘The Golden Age’ is always accessible to you,” says Jean-Philip. “You can blame social media or politics. At the end of the day, we can all somehow find stillness within.”

Tracklist:
1-01. St. Lucia – () (01:06)
1-02. St. Lucia – Separate World (04:52)
1-03. St. Lucia – Another Lifetime (04:37)
1-04. St. Lucia – Rocket On My Feet (04:07)
1-05. St. Lucia – The Golden Age (04:47)
1-06. St. Lucia – Memory (03:15)

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