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Small Medium

Introducing the pop world of Small Medium; cover art courtesy of the duo.

The other day we were contacted by an elusive duo under the moniker of Small Medium who shared the beautiful ode to our imperfect dialogues & expressions with “Projected Movies”. Comprised of Elliot J. Meija & Gabriel Cardona, the duo create that feeling of deep night where the audience becomes immersed in the moods & sleepy-states where often some of the most earnest aspects of dialogue are found. The duo hone in on the way those echoes that ripple from the random late night call affect one another in sentimental ways that sing to our collective hearts & spirits.

Small Medium’s single “Projected Movies” is centered around a two am drunk dial that finds a shared glowing bond through the call. Moving far & away past the basic sensual scope is felt in the chorus reiterations of I’m glad to hear your voice that are coupled with shining electro loops that perk-up the production’s moody & sleepy synth arrangement. “Projected Movies” has that quality of a chance meeting by phone where the two characters involved become so enamored in half-asleep conversation that they reach respectively fall asleep on the line as the movie projections continue to stream on the television.

Single cover art for Small Medium’s “Projected Movies”; courtesy of the duo.

Small Medium introduced their new single with the following reflections:

The lyrics and vocal melody for “Projected Movies” were written years ago (about five to six I think), during the end of an unhealthy relationship and difficult transition to a new city. Last March when we found ourselves in New York, we started collaborating again. We first set out to record PM, but I had been performing the song as more of a slow singer songwriter piece. Since we were exploring what I guess could be described as (for lack of a better term, a s y n t h w a v e sound), we set it aside.

We couldn’t stop thinking about the song, though. I had these chords with an arpeggio I really enjoyed, which, incidentally worked really well for the melody. We’re immensely happy with how it turned out.

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