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Shy For Shore Channel 80’s Workout Trends in New Single ‘Closer’

By Charlie Maybee

Based in Oslo, Norway, the electro pop duo of Mari Nordén and Oz Page (aka Shy For Shore) are taking a page from 80’s for their new single “Closer”. The spark that spurred the song forward occurred after they read a True Fitness article entitled “Seven Workout Trends We’re Glad Died in the 80’s”.

As the ethereal synthesizers and vocals initially give the song a more somber and ambient feel, the bass and backbeat transform the song with just enough drive to get you bopping in your seat. Even as the melancholy vibrations persist, there’s a certain level of fun in the hopeless romanticism that drips from each echoing note.

The musical references to the 80’s are potent in the composition, and give off the feel of synth-based elevator music. There’s a sense of magic paired with an almost mundane tone would pair well with the soundtrack from Twin Peaks (though “Closer is not so unsettling). If the initial inspiration truly came from 80’s workout trends, the song discards the bubbly, upbeat tempo for something more luxurious – perhaps something more suited towards a stretch rather than step aerobics.

Lyrically, the song detours through the wandering mind of a woman confronting her desire to form a connection with a love interest. Perhaps, this is mid-workout distraction she needs to alleviate the burn from the famous Greg Smithey at-home VHS work outs (I hear Buns of Steel was particularly brutal). Who is to say whether the pain is of the heart is greater than the pain of the glutes, but Shy For Shore manages a nice balance as they slowly embraces us with the gentle caress of their breathy melodies and sonic manifestations of 80’s neon leg warmer realness.

“Closer” is available on major streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, and SoundCloud. Find this and more great music on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify

Charlie Maybee

Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.

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