"Way To Blue" is the brand new single of Vienna-based songwriter «the ghost & the machine» and is a collaboration with Viennese pop-electronic producer Daniel Pepl a.k.a «fullmax».
The track describes the feeling of disillusion and lack of perspective, caused by numerous lockdowns and, as a consequence, spiritual and social isolation - we’re feeling blue. But blue is also the color of clarity and prudence, and that’s what this track is also about: transmitting that soon everything will be alright again.
But how come that fresh new sound? "I wanted to create a tune that sounds like Billie Eilish on a roadtrip through the Grand Canyon", says Andi Lechner, mastermind of «the ghost & the machine».
This is achieved by mixing metal body resonator guitar sounds from the 30ies with the minimalistic electronic beats of «fullmax», that merge into a soundscape never heard before.
The poetic vocals, occasionally enriched with vocoder effects, resound sometimes in the stoic fashion of Lou Reed, sometimes in a harsh falsetto heard in soul music from the 60ies.
“It’s always the combination of new and old elements that’s most intriguing and inspiring to me”, says Lechner. “This archaic guitar sounds combined with that fresh electronic sounds and poetic lyrics really feels like coming home to me.”