Paragon Cause: Disconnected

Gearing up for their next album, Autopilot, expected out in the Fall 2021, Canadian act, Paragon Cause, release new single, Disconnected, a buoyant piece of synthpop bliss which draws its inherent energy from a natural crave for calmness, disconnection and distancing from the commotion of everyday life.

According to singer and lyricist, Michelle Opthof: “It came from a happy memory of me sitting in a waterfall in Gatineau Park. I had no signal there, in fact, I didn’t even have my phone. I was just soaking up the sun and the fresh air in this amazingly positive space, which is not my normal. I recalled the memory and what I was thinking at the time: ‘why did it take so long for me to come here? Am I allowed to be happy? Yes, it’s okay for me to feel good.’ So, this is sort of my ‘I’m allowed to be happy’ song.

The band's other half, Jay Bonaparte, adds: “Originally this song was called Hideaway and Michelle sang the line, ‘it’s my hideaway and that’s where I’ll stay.’ But we didn’t have the chorus, just the melody and the rhythm for the chorus. So, she and I and our collaborated Sune [Rose Wagner of the Raveonettes] kept throwing lines out there, and eventually I said ‘disconnected’ and it just fit.

We approached it as almost a California-style rock and roll song because it has some of that sunny, surfer feel to the guitar. It just worked for us, even though it was in the dead of winter when we recorded it,” Bonaparte remarks, explaining the song's balmy feel.

Despite the overall notable gentleness which comes with the new single, the more somber, existential qualities of it are also distinguishable, as the impact of technology in modern life is always a fascinating concept to examine.

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