Zachery Allen Starkey uses electronic equipment to uncover aspects of the humane.
There's an organic touch to his brand of synthetic pop, with the digital clouds parting to reveal some spectacular sonic landscapes.
Take new single 'Force'. The barbed electronics are utilised to build Starkey's unique pop vision, one augmented by one of his heroes.
New Order's Bernard Sumner collaborates on the track, the first time he's worked on something new for almost five years.
Bernard Sumner comments: "When Zachery Allan Starkey first played me his album in its original inception, I was originally just going to put together a list of recommendations and constructive feedback. I think I got a bit carried away on ‘Force’ as it was easier to illustrate what I meant by playing, rather than to write it down. I wanted to help Zachery by acting as a mirror for his music."
"I remember being a young artist just like Zachery, struggling both to learn my art, and to try and make a living out of the thing I had an all consuming passion for. Zachery has this fascination for music too."
There's a number of similarities between the two, with Bernard recognising a kindred spirit when he sees one.
"Like me, Zachery originates from a post industrial landscape of urban decay and forgotten people, which once thrived and brought great wealth to both our nations. In my case in Manchester, England, the favour has not been forgotten, and it is now a thriving city again. In Zachery's case, the industrial heartland of America still sleeps, waiting for the men who reaped the profits to remember the people they left behind."
He finishes: "I feel a kinship with Zachery. He’s at the start of his journey. I wish him luck, he deserves it. His music is his lifeline."
A brilliant partnership, 'Force' pushes Zachery Allan Starkey's music into a fresh space, with Bernard Sumner's inimitable contribution opening a fresh chapter.
Tune in now.
Photo Credit: William Murray
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