“Minimal electronic production isn’t uncommon these days, but the thing often lost in this type of production is a strong, immediate melody. Too often, these minimal productions are clicks and thumps, stabs and punches, and the core of what usually makes up a song is lost in favor of a trendy, modern sound. On “Countdown,” singer/producer TOTEM chooses his elements carefully, working soulful vocals, a sturdy chord progression, an an aching sentiment into the production.” PIGEONS & PLANES
Less than a month removed from the release of his white-hot “Wildfire,” TOTEM is back with what might be an even more soulful effort. “Countdown” showcases the buzzing artist/producer’s aching vocals and minimalist production on a song about love lost. It premiered October 2, 2014 on Pigeons and Planes.
“Some lessons are life-changing,” explains TOTEM. “The one she taught me? Good things are rare, and great things are once in a lifetime.” Like the motivation behind it, this track is sure to stick with you.
TOTEM’S NEW SINGLE “COUNTDOWN”
One thing is clear about TOTEM—he’s real. Every element of his music captures shared experiences we’ve all been a part of. His seductive and honest style has drawn comparisons to Sam Smith, Bruno Mars, the Weeknd, and SOHN. “Countdown” takes that baton and runs with it, expanding the reaches of what Top 40 might be in for in the very near future. Progressive yet familiar, cinematic yet restrained, introspective but driving, powerful but tender, TOTEM is a star on the rise. Grab ahold.
Buzz from “Wildfire”
“Singer/producer TOTEM’s ‘Wildfire’ feels like a window into a possible pop trajectory, prettily sparse, stripped to a distorted electric piano and vocal (before building to something only slightly more produced). Its restraint warrants leaning in, close listens not usually associated with Top 40 radio.” – Pigeons and Planes
“’Wildfire’ is a passionate, intoxicating track with captivating vocals and dark, brooding production.” – I Heart Moosiq