Brighton based, Belgian-American Speelburg returns with dark youthful anthem ‘World Is Falling Apart (this version)’, the first single to be lifted from his upcoming debut album ‘Porsche’, set for release on 18th September.
‘World Is Falling Apart (this version)’ reflects on the artist’s own generation’s youthful narcissism; “despite the seemingly nihilistic conceit, this is actually a pretty hopeful song”, explains Speelburg, “at the end the world, I’m still going to choose optimism”.
He goes on to add; “I’m certainly not oblivious to the fact that this single is coming out during the pandemic, my girlfriend has caught the virus and I currently await judgement from the COVID gods thinking every headache is going to be my last – COVID limbo be damned! I don’t want this to come across as opportunistic. ‘World Is Falling Apart’ was actually written back in 2017 when we were faced with a whole bunch of other problems. The world just hasn’t gone back to ‘America-in-the-nineties’ level of chillness yet.”
Written for “another very famous pop artist” – in the artist’s own words – ‘World Is Falling Apart (This Version)’, nearly made it into the anonymous pop star’s album, but was “deemed a little too dark for that record, so I kept it for mine”.
Whether he is paying homage to Sofia Coppola films with the Vice-featured video for ‘Screener Season’, hand-drawing and animating the video for the aforementioned ‘Headlights’, or showing off his fondness for short-shorts and watermelon – as seen in the video for his single ‘Oxy Cotton Candy’ – Speelburg is as much a compelling visual artist as he is an innovative musician. These skills attracted the attention of both Google Pixel and Samsung, who paired his recent single ‘Say Hello’ with massive product releases to utilise some of the Speelburg magic.
His previous releases have been championed by everyone who counts; ‘Million Air’ was ‘Chillest Record of the Week’ by BBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggart with further plays on Annie Mac, Clara Amfo and Zane Lowe’s radio shows. While Clash magazine described his sound as “other-worldly, startlingly unique electro pop”,
The Line Of Best Fit called it “perfect millennial slice of wonky pop”, with Pigeons & Planes taking it a step further declaring; “Speelburg…is a force to be reckoned with”.
Sounding as if Beck, James Murphy, Paul Simon and Metronomy were locked into a studio together; witty lyricism, off-kilter crisp funk-influenced electro-pop beats and infectious hook-heavy chorus, Speelburg’s music is cleverly crafted into relatable short stories.