Top Gun, Blade Runner, Beverly Hills Cop, and The Ghostbusters all have one thing in common, and it’s not the ridiculous hair. Synth-pop ruled the late 70’s and early 80’s, and fueled nearly every action/adventure flick of the time. As trends have evolved, similar electronic-focused sounds have gained prominence again. Enter Holly Peyton’s alter-ego, LEV, your modern synth-pop warrior. LEV announced herself to the world with her powerful debut EP, Fear No Evil. Her upcoming single, “Search Party,” is to be released August 11th, and is a tease of her forthcoming sophomore EP, Glass Ceiling.
Stars such as Depeche Mode, Devo, and Duran Duran rose overnight and began to dominate the airwaves in the late 70’s and early 80’s. The empire began to peter out as R&B, hair metal, and fusion rock-R&B claimed the throne. Influences from the electropop era can be found in all forms of music. The authentic sound reemerged in the early 2000’s, and has given way to modern dance and trap music. Modern artists like the Chainsmokers have jumped onto the scene and relentlessly ruled the charts. LEV, which is Czech for “lion,” has built on this explosive sound and added her own unique twists.
LEV’s Fear No Evil was a bridge between sounds old and new, allowing her to swerve between modern and classic techniques. Her tracks “Never Let You Go” and “Shadow” garnered a combined 1.5 million YouTube views. This sound evolves in “Search Party” with a more in-your-face groove. The track’s instrumentals lean towards a more modern sound, indicated by heavy accents and the heavy distorted flow. Electronics roar in the background as an expected “oh, oh” followed by a snap captures the attention. In the scenery, a crafted guitar part wails – a quiet effect that has a massive influence on the piece’s taste. The Tyler, Texas, native keeps her vocals in a range that evokes an immediate comparison to Blondie, Tiffany, and just a hint of Madonna. A fun, wavy theme flows through, leaving hints of the Cyndi Lauper’s timeless and care-free track, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” This easy-listening vibe marks the track as accessible for all. Rather than letting her backing tracks drown her out, LEV channels the music to amplify her voice, and if anything, we know that she can roar.
Written by: Sawyer Click