Panda Eyes looks back at his 8-bit beginnings with ‘Opposite Side’
Fresh off an uncharacteristically dark and monochromatic EP, dub and chiptune’s Swiss lovechild, Panda Eyes (real name, Oskar Steinbeck), has re-upped on his long-accrued sentimental melodicism with “Opposite Side.” The 22-year-old producer has chiseled his unequivocally nuanced sound out of a love for 8-bit video games and their inherently infectious theme songs — even dubbing his 2016 EP Nostalgia 64. Though admittedly hindered by a recent autoimmune disease diagnosis, Steinbeck has refused to let his condition stifle his irrefutably inventive production savvy.
“Opposite Side” spins an impassioned narrative of long-distance lovers, featuring Steibeck’s own woeful, far-off vocals. Dreamy and danceable, “Opposite Side” echoes dubstep in its punching snares, but chiptune in its whimsical synth progressions, evoking images of an animated protagonist scouring a pixelated terrain in search of his distant muse.