Los Angeles based musician and drummer for the legendary hip-hop outfit The Pharcyde, Miles Senzaki, has produced a lo-fi indie pop classic as part of his musical and visual project under the moniker, Point Lobo. Inspired by the sounds of heavyweights like Men I Trust and Gary Numan, ‘Broken Parts’ is a kaleidoscope of mind bending genres. The soulful, synth-filled tune deals with the mental health issues that affected Senzaki during a tough time in the artist’s life. “I need lots of medicine for these broken parts within,” Senzaki honestly proclaims. “Here I sit and there you stand, I’m being honest as I can.” Point Lobo has described ‘Broken Parts’ as being the “soundtrack to a strange dream you had after a late night anime binge.” With a full EP scheduled for release next month, we’re super excited to hear what else Point Lobo has to offer.
‘Broken Parts’ is a mind melting, synth-filled, beauty of a track. Point Lobo wears his heart on his sleeve and allows us into his colourful, lo-fi world.INDIE TOP 39
What does ‘Broken Parts’ mean to you?
When I was writing the song, I was thinking a lot about the song ‘Cars’ by Gary Numan. It’s a bouncy song with really catchy synth melodies, yet underlying that are some darker more dystopian themes about technology and social isolation. I find that dichotomy to be very appealing in music. Sad songs about happy things, happy songs about sad things—those really stick with me the most for whatever reason. This song is basically about all the times we’ve felt desperate in our mental health struggles. Sometimes we don’t have the strength yet to make major life changes; sometimes we just need that little extra help, that quick fix to get us through to the next day. And honestly, I don’t judge anyone for that, I think it’s something we’ve all been through in some form or another.
Please finish the sentence: “Music to me is…”
Music to me is just one part of the larger interconnected web of human expression. To me things like visual art, dance, storytelling, and even making food are all just different sides of the same thing. That might sound pretentious but what I really mean is when I’m writing a song I’m also thinking about my favourite anime and what I want to make for dinner!
Get to know Point Lobo
Point Lobo is the musical/visual project of Miles Senzaki, drummer for legendary hip hop group The Pharcyde and composer for the hit podcast The End Of The World (Josh Clark of Stuff You Should Know). As singer-songwriter/composer, Point Lobo has written/produced music for projects including the new album by comedian Josh Johnson (The Daily Show) and videos for Hulu, RocketJump, and Adult Swim. As a drummer, Point Lobo has backed up artists from Syl Johnson to Barbara Morrison to Crash Richard (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros). On the visual side, he creates animated videos set to his music (Instagram & YouTube). When the wavy lo-fi pop aesthetic of Men I Trust and Toro y Moi meets the colourful energy of David Byrne and Siouxsie and the Banshees, you get Point Lobo’s world: a soulful, riotous synth pop/post-punk soundtrack to a strange dream you had after a late night anime binge.
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