Greta – Vibrant

Since its introduction in 1983, Yamaha’s DX7 has become one of the best-selling synthesizers in history. It defined the sound of β€˜80s pop music. Instead of bothering to program their own sounds, most artists simply used the instrument’s presets. Its piano preset is probably the most famous, as it’s been used in many power ballads. Think of Whitney Houston, Chicago and Phil Collins, and I bet you can hear the sound in your head.

Another popular DX7 preset was the bass. You can hear it in songs like Madonna’s Who’s That Girl, Take On Me by a-ha and Kool & The Gang’s Fresh. And now, a brand-new track has been built around it as well: Vibrant by Greta Louise Schenk. She’s a German, Copenhagen-based singer, professionally known as Greta.

Vibrant is her first single since the 2020 release of her debut album Ardent Spring. The track is a shimmering slice of electro-pop, which sounds as if it were recorded in the β€˜80s. You can thank (or blame) the DX7 for that. The lyrics are no less melancholic. Greta explains: β€œVibrant is about two people who love each other and spend the lockdown together. It is about the feeling of reality becoming a blur, about losing sense of time, becoming restless and longing for something more. Something more from each other but from life too.β€œ

The songs ends with a spoken part in German; a nod to Greta’s roots and the missing of her family.

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