FRESH: ‘Runaway’ – Shyclops

Shyclops aim for a “Runaway”!

by Christopher Smith

It’s an un-expectation for this electronic duo, that their first single “Runaway” within just few weeks was included on more than 150 Spotify playlists in more than 30 countries, and featured by world renowned indie media such as Obscure Sound, Independent Music Reviews, Mystic Sons, Pop Goes the Blog, and Artefaktor Radio. Due to the leak of their soundcloud private link, their demo EP of six pre-mix songs has been played over five hundred times.

And much to their surprise, their first show was packed with supporters. They plan to release each song from that EP one by one until February 2020. Shyclops is formed in late 2016 by two music producers, at first as a project to grasp an opportunity to perform at one of the prominent festival in the US. After several jamming to write materials, they realized that this collaboration is not a mere project. Musically, Shyclops’ songs can be described with terms such as soaring, cinematic, atmospheric.

Lyrically, most of their writings are being reflective, celebrating on peace, joy, and love for whatever happens, with romantic approach. Although the music is kind of chill, romantic, and has an indie pop vibe in the recording, their live performance has more high energy presence of a rock band. Members of Shyclops wear a mask and conceal their real names with monikers. Their audience also wear masquerade mask during their live performance and made the concert as a mask party.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!