Dunmore East, County Waterford
Darkroom Data is the indie electro pop science project of Irish vocalist Gillian NoVa and Brazilian composer Márcio Paz. The duo have been writing and recording together for two years, developing a synth heavy sound that is lofi, synthpop at the core. Hooky, expressive vocals punctuate rhythmic, atmospheric soundscapes and their lyrics give human stories an abstract jolt. Their sound has been compared to Little Dragon, Bat for Lashes, Chromatics, Niki & the Dove and Men I Trust.
Having made a modest splash with their self-released debut single, which was featured by 2fm, 8 Radio, Artefaktor Radio, Teez fm, ComeHereFloyd, Indie Music Reviews and more, the duo follow up this August with their second single 'Hydrogen', a modern love story wrapped in velvet synths, and 80s dance beats.
Nova brings an evocative, storyteller’s sensibility to the modern synthpop genre with a voice that is by times sweet and ethereal, by times dark and soulful. She has been featured on Beyond Synth’s retro music show and appears on Aztec Record’s 2020 synth pop compilation album alongside artists such as Timecop1983 and synthwave darling NINA.
Paz is an artist first, composing and songwriting from an early age, with musical roots in Tropicalia, Clube da Esquina and 90s grunge and pop scenes, Paz’s musical palette alternates deftly from fresh, dance floor pump to jazz club smooth. He has performed as a guitarist in bands since his teens and began his journey in soundscape design when he trained with multimedia artist André Thitcho. He is now more than happy to attest that he plays computers.
The duos fusion of skills and artistic references brings a musical chemistry that is unique and beguiling.
'Hypnotic arpeggios, emotive vocal hooks, sentimental lyricism and an artfully abstract approach to composition, Darkroom Data's self-released single proves to be a product of the creators' sheer, effortless ingenuity.' - Absynth.space
'Out of the woods and into the formidable light of the public, the duo slams into the universe of particles with their single 'Darkroom Data'' - ComeHereFloyd
'Gillian NoVa and Márcio Paz really know their business when it comes to pop music: their debut single transcends genres and styles, mixing compelling and radio-ready hooks with a refined production that winks instead more to the alt scene' - Teez fm