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.