Well-known synth-pop duo At 1980 have recently shared their atmospheric song, ‘We Were On Fire’, lifted from their sophomore album Late Night Calls which was released on the 6th of August via NewRetroWave. The LP is currently available on Vinyl, CD, Cassette and Minidisc as well as all major streaming platforms. On the album, listeners will also find ‘California Nights’ which was accompanied by a live video, shot at Brighton Electric Studios.
The pair are well-ingrained in the wave scene, having had both Timecop 1983 and Dana Jean Phoenix feature in their work. Josh Dally, one half of the duo, helped co-write and appeared in Timecop 1983’s latest album, Faded Touch which was featured on Daily Express. The producer was also featured on California-based band FM-84’s single ‘Let’s Talk’. Together, At 1980 have collected over 3.5 million plays across streaming platforms, reached #8 on the iTunes Electronic Music Charts, and received support from the likes of Daily Express, NewRetroWave, ThePrimeThanatos, LuigiDonatello as well as Talk About Pop Music and Retro-synth Wave.
At 1980 is comprised of Adrian Quesada Michelena, who is from Madrid, Spain and Josh Dally, who is based in Brighton, UK where most of the album was recorded. The duo keep their influences broad, citing the likes of The Midnight, Bryan Adams and Def Leppard. However, their latest album calls to mind the likes Electric Youth, The Midnight, Bryan Adams and Trevor Something.
At 1980 draw us into the final stages of a relationship, with the delicately cascading synths of ‘We Were On Fire’ providing an elegant backdrop for bittersweet memories. Between nostalgia, romance and the unmistakable knowledge that the next step is letting go, we’re lead down a lonely road of iconic saxophones and wistful vocals. In the LP, At 1980 take us back to the year founding member Adrian Michelena was born, when records were king and bright neon colours marked every fashionista’s wardrobe.
Josh Dally shares his thoughts on the unique track:
“We Were On Fire is the lyrical embodiment of the feeling and the mood of our album. The opening line of the song ‘All these late-night phone calls’ was where we took the album title from. The song tells a story of falling out of touch with an old flame and reminiscing over the good times that still live on as memories.”