Richard Morel has a history that you probably really know nothing about; but you very likely have heard his work. Indeed, as a remixer, he has put his stamp on tracks by Depeche Mode, Pink, Yoko Ono, The Killers…even Mariah Carey. He’s also written songs with Cyndi Lauper and was even part of Bob Mould’s touring band.
Impressed? There’s more.
His latest project is the intriguingly monikered Hyper-Romantic; and a new single, “Millennial Heart” (released today), is indeed awash in romantic longings and fanciful musical gestures. On vocals is the wondrous Ms. Martina Topley-Bird, former creative accomplice to Tricky and Massive Attack – no surprise, she gives a spine-tingling performance, pleading, “Open your millennial heart to me / And seduce me with your hurricane” in the most sultry of possible ways.
The minimal house groove and majestic synth orchestrations give the song a distinct timelessness – sexy but also just a little world-weary. (Think: Pet Shop Boys at their clubbiest.)
“It’s a song about coming together,” Morel explains. “In a way it is a love song, but not in the usual sense. It’s about putting aside generational differences to find shared values and face the shitstorm we are dealing with. And…you can dance to it.”
And isn’t that what’s important?