dark passenger_ – ‘A sense of fear [for no reason]’ uses analog and modular aesthetics

dark passenger_ is the solo project from producer Lewis Mander. New to this genre, Lewis has spent the majority of his music career, playing guitar, with one album and one EP to date. However, with an ever-present passion for djing lurking in the shadows, over the past three years an almost uncontrollable urge has prompted Lewis to turn his hand at producing electronic music. Whilst there is no question that this is new territory for Lewis, a life-long passion for electronic music has culminated in what we now know as dark passenger_.

With significant influences from Nine Inch Nails, Gary Numan, not to mention EDM titans Sasha & John Digweed a quasi-electronic, almost band-like sound is evident. When asked about his debut ep ‘demons’: “I guess I am trying to create something new, but then is that even possible in this day and age? I think what I do have is that I’m just recording what comes out, not desperately trying to fit the music into a particular genre, if that works [and people like it], then I’ve achieved something”.

About ‘A sense of fear [for no reason]’. “Building on tracks which have gone before, and keen to explore and develop an electronic-industrial sound, I employed almost a completely different set of instruments to record this track i.e. a lot of softsynth recreations of old analog gear, and my own modular stuff. Towards the end of 2022 I was mostly listening to a mix of NIN, Leftfield & early Depeche Mode all of which contributed to the development of this track [not literally! – I wish].”

“I’m currently working on a video for the track which will be available on YouTube towards the end of this month and I am also working on new material for release in February.”

Connect with dark passenger_ on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drkpassngr/

Rick Jamm

Journalist, publicist and indie music producer with a fervent passion for electric guitars and mixing desks !

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