Brighton based, Belgian-American multifaceted artist Speelburg shares World Is Falling Apart (that version), an alternate take to the recently released single, World Is Falling Apart (this version), taken from his upcoming debut album Porsche, set for release on 18th September.
I’ve done this a few times. I’ll write and produce a whole track and then completely remix it just keeping the vocals and nothing else, explains Speelburg. World Is Falling Apart (that version), describe the artist; starts out with an acoustic guitar and a sample of my mom and me and my brothers and sister and cousins and uncle when we were kids. My mom passed away a few years ago and one Christmas, my dad got all of our childhood tapes digitized and put them all on a USB stick for us.
The original song’s reflection on Speelburg’s own generation’s youthful narcissism is turned into a personal contemplation on loss and growing up. Gone are the youthful anthemic chanting of its chorus and the off-kilter crisp funk-influenced electro-pop beats, World Is Falling Apart (that version) shows the artist’s most vulnerable side; losing my mom was pretty earth shattering and it still really hurts, Speelburg admits. I guess literally putting samples of your mom in your songs means you’re working shit out with your art, cool.
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.
Exploring a more cinematic sound palette, World Is Falling Apart (that version) serves like an ode to a lost childhood, all echoed by Speelburg enthralling vocals.