By Ella Gaynor
Prototype is the latest collab between chillwave, electronic artists millhope and Jenny Thiele. The track is the fourth of five singles that compose the upcoming album Truth & Dare (Spring 2024). German-based millhope draws inspiration from albums like Tycho’s Dive, Genesis’s Abacab and Muse’s synth arpeggios, and artists like Emancipation and Air.
Speaking of synth, this latest track is a perfectly crisp blend of electronic and organic textures. millhope says that Prototype features “two distinct segments, one instrumental and the other graced by soft, captivating female vocals courtesy of the talented Jenny Thiele“.
Recorded at his home studio in Cologne, Prototype is a mesmerizing electronic music track which defies genre boundaries. It is a symphonic journey which takes you through a sonic landscape of Synthpop, Abstract IDM Leftfield and Electro subgenres.
New track Prototype is no exception; a living, breathing entity in itself. millhope cites Prototypes as ‘a source for daydreaming, curiosity, hope and idleness’. Traits which can often be branded as laziness in today’s hurried, consumerist society; this track celebrates those who take things slowly. It’s one for the thinkers and the dreamers.
Thiele’s ethereal vocals elevate the track, the drumbeats provide a grounding backbone, and the melodic guitars keep our feet planted while our mind wanders. It’s a synth explosion: its roots in the real world, the shoots and leaves growing wherever you want them to.
Prototype is a stunning achievement, an immaculate blend of the natural and the surreal. Fans will be as excited as we are for Truth & Dare’s full release early in the coming year.