Brooklyn Artist Unknown Caller's "See You Again" Is A Dreamy Electro-Pop Addiction
When Alex Lichtenstein hails his work “midnight pop,” he’s not wrong. Somehow, in just two words, he’s expertly captured his unique craft. As the mastermind behind Brooklyn-based project Unknown Caller, Alex has built a marvelously mellow blend of dance-pop best suited for the twilight hours and quiet glow of streetlamps than anything else.
On his latest single “See You Again,” Unknown Caller does it yet again, offering a groovy mish-mash borrowing elements from surf-pop, electronica, R&B, and garage-rock, each contributing just the tiniest bits of their talent to a much greater result in which the song seems to sway in a dreamy soundscape entirely its own. We asked Alex to tell us a little about the production process of the track and more — you can listen to him talk about the song, past loves, his brother’s killer musical project No Shore., and a ton more below.
“See You Again” opens with the cloudy hubbub of a club scene, distant conversation and clinking drinks resounding behind a steady dance beat. Quickly, the arrangement erupts into neon layers of searing guitar, rapid-fire percussive shimmers, and synth warbles, then cuts out briefly to welcome Alex’s woozy vocals, so laidback that they never get past half power or even less. While his dreamy drawl delivers clipped lyrics of nostalgia, the sweet, sprawling dance arrangement swells. At its highest point, we get the plink of tropical beats and quick waves of synth. At its lowest, we get impossibly slow percussive pulses and mellow melodies. When these extremes meet in the middle, the track blossoms into a mesmeric dance-floor anthem touched by dark energy and bright beats.