SoftWave – System Failure (Video)

“We tend to communicate via electronic means, but can this replace psysical contact? Dive into the hypnotizing synth patterns of “System Failure”. Unique Blogwave bomb that is ready to blow in your mind. This is your chance to restart and synchronize with sound!”

A failure appeared right after SoftWave reached the pinnacle of their career thus far, touring with OMD (February 2020). The government’s new system of lockdowns and several restrictions pulled SoftWave away from their daily routine, deadlines, playing gigs and other immediate future plans.

But nothing can get in the way of SoftWave: Jerry kept on producing new music and Catrine observed how the Covid19 crisis affected people mentally around the world, which inspired her to write lyrics to the forthcoming new single “System Failure”. Some people have been struggling to accept the new normal and others simply chose to go with the stream. “System Failure” describes the duality of being isolated in many months without associating with others, and how much life with a computer can disturb the mind and even provoke frustration, depression and in rare cases – anger.

The single seeks to show how important it is to maintain a permanent balance, a harmony between connecting with other people via a computer – and actually socializing in physical form.

A contrast between the modern and traditional way of communication, for lack of better wording. For the first time ever SoftWave has included vocoded vocals by Jerry, to emphasize how much certain people live their lives through a computer – and almost communicate to the world with it.

The new single is followed by a music video that takes the song’s message to a higher level, reinforced by a Nordic and electric “popish energy”, delivered by the Danish synthpop duo you may know as SoftWave.

Reviewed by Nagamag on November 16, 2021