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Synthpop Single Review: "Connected (The Tik Tok Song)" by Non Stop Erotic Cabaret

Updated on January 5, 2021
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Karl has been a freelance writer for over 10 years. He's passionate about music, art, and writing!

Non Stop Erotic Cabaret’s single Connected (The Tik Tok Song) is a critical comment on the way in which social media platforms rule and mediate our lives, filtering all experience through them. It’s all sharp, cold digital edges, robotic voices and throbbing bass.

There’s a clean, minimalist feeling to the music that harks back to New Wave production. The whole song drives on with the powerful bass always keeping it moving. Quick bursts of edgier synth sound contrast with a smoother flow underneath and there’s a fun disco string sample to add some interest to the music.

The lyrics lay out the constant connection that seems to define our world right now. The song talks about being “connected through my ears and my eyes. Connected to all the truth and the lies” and contrasts the idea of being connected through “my body and mind” with the notion of becoming a purely digital being in the idea of “connected, leave my earthly self behind.”

The chorus simply outlines all of the “clicking, wearing, tapping, leaping…” that one is forced to do and continues, “flashing, ticking time bomb creeping, never stopping, keep on bopping prize unlocking and Tik Toking.”

The constant, unrelenting exposure to digital media is often a search to be “connected so I don’t feel so alone” and a feeling that through one’s devices “I got a million friends all over the world.” However it also points out that this creates a fear of missing out (FOMO) that never ends.

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