OUT NOW: SectionZ’s Evoke Explores Heartbreak & Addiction on Debut LP ‘Withdrawal’

evoke - withdrawlOut now on SectionZ Records, Withdrawal, the debut album from Colorado-based producer, vocalist and songwriter Evoke, aka Alden Groves, combines modern pop-infused electronic music with cutting edge production, setting heartfelt lyrics and emotional vocal melodies against uplifting synth lines and deep bass. In less than a year as Evoke, Alden has charted Top 10 on both Beatport and Track It Down charts, won remix competitions for Savant’s ‘How I Roll‘ (featured on the album) and Fractal’s ‘Urchin,’ and has achieved nearly 400,000 plays on Soundcloud with EDM.com’s feature of ‘ Answers,’ which is well above the site’s average, especially for new artists.
Earlier this week, The Untz premiered ‘Hello Hollow,’ an inventive single that gives listeners a taste of Alden’s dark lyrics over a deep jungle-influenced beat.

On Withdrawal, Evoke has a distinct vocal-driven style with sparse electronic production, similar to that of The Postal Service or Owl City, albeit with a darker edge. According to Alden, “I happen to be a very hypersensitive sort of guy, and so emotional experiences are very intense for me. I used to think it was a sort of curse, but now I realize that if I can channel that intensity into music that it’s really a gift.”

Representing Alden’s journey through life so far, Withdrawal thematically draws a parallel between heartbreak and the difficulties of overcoming addiction. Alden sees these two subjects as being related, and the lyrics to most of the songs on the album have dual meanings encompassing his struggles with both. “I’ve been clean for 2 years, but in the past I’ve struggled with substance abuse, and often times for me heartbreak and craving go hand in hand, and so the album is meant to use heartbreak as a metaphor for literal substance withdrawal.” said Alden in his interview with EDM.com this week. “Most of the time the “you” in the songs is referring to my former drug of choice.” Read the full feature HERE.

As someone who has overcome so much at such a young age, Alden has a strong sense of appreciation for life and everything it has to offer, and sees writing music as an opportunity to get a fresh start doing something that he loves.
Listen To & Purchase Withdrawal HERE

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