Explore Discrete

What we have on the imaginary turntable today is modern pop music at its finest. Explore is a five-song EP by up and coming Swedish artist Discrete, with help from Charla K, on the opening track, Feed Me With Love. A catchy little dance tune with retro synth sensibilities. 

At the number two spot is the churning of Typo which spotlights Tudor and Victoria Voss who engage each other in a verbal sparring match with some more smart dance-friendly pop music.

Number three is a Stupid Thing. For real, it is a Stupid Thing, that is the name of the track, Stupid Thing. It features Neville, and together they explore the never-ending topic of love and dating. Discrete tells us that she sent a demo to Neville and her producer and what had once been an instrumental track flowered with lyrics and stunning vocal. Discrete was excited because this was different from anything she had done previously, we are glad for that because this Stupid Thing is irresistible.

Second, to last on the EP is a radio-friendly little number called Better Days. This collaboration with her longtime friend Chris Collins is a catchy synth-pop tune. Taking a different angle to the never-ending love story this is about long-distance love and the challenges that come with that.

The closing track Runaway sees Discrete collaborate with well-respected Swedish songwriter Alex Shield, who is launching his projects under the name of KELLYKKE. Combining crisp beats and breezy synths that flow graciously together; Discrete and KELLYKKE explore urges for self-discovery and new beginnings.

Talking to us about the collaboration, Discrete tells us: “KELLYKKE and I met for the first time last summer, and we’ve been working on a lot of songs together since. He came up with an idea for a song using a guitar and his vocals, and before we knew it, Run Away was born. We ended up experimenting until we finally found a middle ground that fitted both of our sounds. I feel humbled that he wanted to release his first single as KELLYKKE with me.”

So there we have it folks, five catchy modern pop, radio-friendly, little summer dance beauties. Summer will be different this year with social distancing but if you find yourself alone on a desert island Discrete has cooked up a nifty EP for you to pass the time until the rescue arrives. Have fun, listen to more music and stay safe.








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Review by Norman @ WeatheredMusic.ca

Better Days

It has been said, Thomas Wolfe is credited with the original quote, that “You Can’t Go Home Again.” I have tried to go home again and failed miserably. I have driven the streets that I used to wander in my childhood with friends whose names are forever lost. I have driven by buildings that I used to call home and found dilapidated old structures or new buildings where my home used to be, and I have even found empty lots that were supposed to be full of happy memories.

I went to a school reunion a few years back and it was really awkward trying to converse with these people who I spent five days a week with on school buses and in our classrooms. People that I used to hang out with, play the guitar with, go to dances and movies with, there were a few members of the opposite sex that lived within my circle of life. But it wasn’t the same. These people had gotten old, where were my childhood friends? These people had changed, the friend that jammed with me was now an alcoholic who hadn’t played the guitar after our halcyon days of learning to play “Get Back”. The friend that introduced me to marijuana would barely say hello to me. The people that I thought I would meet at the reunion had faded away, they were only memories tied to that time and place. Having once shared a few high school classes is not enough to sustain a lifelong relationship.

There are some good reads that explore this concept of never being able to go home. I just finished re-reading one that evoked good memories from an earlier age, Summer of ’42 by Herman Raucher. I read it the first time when I was a young man coming of age in the small home town that I previously visited, it resonated with me at that time because of the teenage emotions it evoked as I read it back then. This time it provoked the emotions of being an adult who can never go home again.

I couldn’t go back home again because it didn’t exist except in my nostalgic memories. Nostalgic memories are often tied to music, much the same as my memory of playing tunes on my first guitar. In fact, there is a song from that era that captures a lot of the sentiments that I am searching out here, it was by The Moody Blues on their album Every Good Boy Deserves A Favor, the song was titled “You Can Never Go Home” and there is a new song that I have been introduced to that further explores this concept, it is “Better Days” by Chris Collins and produced by Discrete.Better Days
Collins has drawn upon his memories of better days in his life, at only eleven-years-old, he appeared in the finals of Sweden’s televised Talang, as well as landing third place in Eurovision Young Dancers which saw him surpass 60 million viewers worldwide and Discrete who grew up in a creative household and discovered music production at thirteen. Together Collins and Discrete crafted a song that speaks to that longing of wanting to go home again. These two musicians have gifted our ears with “Better Days”, a sentiment that I am sure we all long for in these troubling times.
A sample of the lyrics:

Nothing is like yesterday
Between us two
I wish I could stay away
From you
But I’ll keep dreaming of better days
Better days with you
Discrete’s production supports singer Chris Collins through the longing in “Better Days”. Longing over a relationship that has seen better days. We find Collins yearning over a love lost and Discrete adds synths that match those words to evoke memories of yesteryear. Together they revisit the eighties and lost love through their music. Music that builds visions of disco dance floors with synth effects, analog pads and drums that Collins and Discrete use with a steady hold on today despite the push and pull of nostalgia evoked in both the lyrics and the music that backs it up.
Better Days is a song that required many listens for me to totally grasp the essence of the emotions expressed in it. I would encourage you to do likewise and see what memories it pulls up for you.

Discrete, Chris Collins - Better Days (Coverart) copy

S T R E A M (Single)


D I S C O V E R   (Discrete)









D I S C O V E R   (Chris Collins)