The latest collaboration from Pastel and Nic Hanson, both productive artists from France and the USA, is their new single “Zoomin’”, a funky song about nightlife and the shared energies and connections with others that come along with it.
The song is a catchy bop that is fun to listen and dance to, as it is easy to bounce up and down with the beat. Its sound and lyrics are playful, yet sultry. It consists of impressive instrumentation and vocals, which even includes its entertaining background vocals.
“Zoomin’” came about seamlessly after a magical session in the studio; the two decided to take a relaxed approach when creating to let things happen and flow naturally.
Pastel is a London-based self-taught multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer who was introduced to the world of music at a young age, starting to record his own demos at 14. “I was always recording demos and, as I did, my own sound gradually came to be,” he says. “I wanted to share what I’d made with the world, so naturally Pastel was born. It’s my biggest project ever.”
Five years ago, Pastel decided to make a big move from France to London – “British music culture has always influenced me greatly, and I felt that it would be a big leap forwards for me to explore so musically and culturally vibrant a city as London,” he says.
He has since grown into his further-developed sound and is patiently working on a full live set-up to showcase his talents.
Find this and more exciting new music on our Alchemical Multigenre Mixdown playlist on Spotify.
Emma Page, a recent Journalism graduate of The George Washington University, possesses a passion for music journalism and storytelling in all its forms. Originally from Baltimore, MD, when she is not writing, she can be found at a local concert or making music of her own.
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