Last night, I didn’t think I’d have anything I wanted to write about for posting today until I stumbled upon a promo video for the John Conlin song, “Hopeful Romantic.” It really was a by-chance find that I discovered this song. Let me say. Scrolling up and down my social media timelines came out good this time. And, the power of having mutual artist friends has proved beneficial. Also, I realised in a splickety, split second I had come upon someone who adores 80s synth-pop as much as I do/we do at EQ Music Blog.
I sometimes feel that today’s modern pop songs lack the energy of the ones I grew up listening to back in the day. By the same token, I am always thrilled when noticing new music where the sound of the 80s, 90s and 00s is still of significant influence. The LA-based singer-songwriter John Conlin born in Toronto, Canada, is one such newcomer who unabashedly embraces the synth-pop style, spawned from yesteryear. He works the trend with lyrical themes of love, fantasy, and escapism layered over maximalist production.
His song “Hopeful Romantic” is highly euphoric and endearing while also giving heartwarming tones. Undoubtedly the music drew me in, in the first instance. Upon noticing John’s songcraft, What appealed to me most, was that I tremendously enjoyed his personable approach to lyricism.
“Most would be jaded by the past. They let their hearts turn into glass. It’s so easy to give up and let the years just pass.” The lyrics inform.
Regarding the topic of believing that love conquers all, John has this to say,
“Stop saying you’re a hopeless romantic. It’s time to stop being negative and start manifesting. Be a HopeFUL romantic. Act like your life is a romcom or some Nicholas Sparks book. Love is out there and you’ll find it.”
Since John had me under his spell with “Hopeful Romantic,” I had a rummage around his Spotify profile. So far, I love what I hear! With a knack for writing excellent pop songs, John Conlin is on a mission to conquer the pop world, and his latest offering only confirms that.