To deny reality is to create conflict, he always tells us. No one knows how it happened, or when. But here in the last known metropolis on Earth, where all public memory has been erased, Evan Ønly is on a mission to recover the past and restore promise to our future. He works among other maverick scientists, artists, and revolutionaries in shadow, intent on piecing together our shattered collective history. Part musician, part archivist, EØ’s experiments are leading to new human discoveries, while his music provides us much needed entertainment. It was mass denial that led us to the state we’re in. Ønly helps us remind ourselves not to repeat the mistake.
EØs musical material draws inspiration from the classic “future vintage” synth pop he learned about through his archival explorations — British pioneers such as Pet Shop Boys, La Roux, and David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” — as well his own experiences. The debut Evan Ønly EP, No Matter What, is a highly-evolved synth rock record. Produced by Ice Choir’s Kurt Feldman at the pristine Winter Station, these first six songs are personal anthems turned psychological pop. Ønly creates music in the belief that pop can still change the way we see ourselves and the world — the one we’ve inherited and the ones we’ll build next.
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