DARKSOFT – Single Review: “Cybersecurity”

Darksoft Cybersecurity

Darksoft is the music project of Bill Darksoft, an imaginative and talented singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist from Seattle, Washington who I’ve featured twice on this blog in 2019. Inspired the by the high-tech industry of his hometown, he writes songs that address timely and relevant social and cultural issues related to technology. He also operates his own label and website Look Up Records (for which he also writes some pretty awesome reviews), and in addition to his music project, has played with many Seattle acts over the years.

Last February, I reviewed his brilliant debut album Brain, a concept work named for the very first computer virus to attack the internet back in 1986, with each track titled after infamous viruses that followed. Then in July, I reviewed his single “WannaCry”, which addressed the deep cultural and political divide in America, fed by our tendency to stay stuck in our own echo chambers. The enthralling song spent more than three months on my Weekly Top 30. Today. I’m happy to premiere his haunting new single “Cybersecurity“, where he touches on another thorny technological issue.

Like his previous tracks, “Cybersecurity” was written, performed and produced by Darksoft, and mixed and mastered by Mathieu Riede of L453RL4Dy Studios. Using a rich palette of cinematic synths as a foundation, Darksoft layers gauzy riffs of chiming and jangly guitars, along with a perfect balance of snappy percussion, to create a dramatic and sweeping backdrop for his captivating vocals. As I’ve stated in previous reviews, I really like his velvety, almost breathy vocal style, which adds a dreamy, ethereal quality to his sound. He also excels at writing beautiful, compelling melodies, and though I would not label this one as being “catchy”, it nevertheless stayed with me long after hearing it. It’s another winning song.

The lyrics cast doubt on the assumption – or is it really a myth? – that all our data floating around out there in cyberspace is somehow being kept safe. What’s more, it can even be used to control and manipulate us in harmful ways that we hadn’t imagined.

The past is dying
In saturation
Confusion breeds control
Two points for the man
One humanity
We’re digits in a dream
Cybersecurity

Who can hide the past controls The Now
Information Age playing mind games

There’s something wrong
This picture’s off
What’s under your profile?
Did I do wrong?
Who can tell
When truth is gone
There is no cybersecurity

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Top 30 Songs for December 1-7, 2019

1. UNDERGROUND – MISSIO (1)
2. CIRCLES – Post Malone (3)
3. YOU? – Two Feet (4)
4. SOMEONE YOU LOVED – Lewis Capaldi (2)
5. DISSOLVE – Absofacto (5)
6. THE HYPE – twenty one pilots (6)
7. UNDER THESE SCARS – Falling Into Red featuring Dev (7)
8. STAY HIGH – Brittany Howard (10)
9. FIGHTER – Joseph (9)
10. DRIFTING AWAY – Stereohaze (12)
11. OBSESSION – Joywave (13)
12. WHITE LIES & PALM TREES – The Lovepools (14)
13. LONELY – Secret American (15)
14. CALM DOWN – Pete Yorn (16)
15. ORPHANS – Coldplay (17)
16. GOOD THINGS FALL APART – ILLENIUM with Jon Bellion (11)
17. SOCIAL CUES – Cage the Elephant (8)
18. NOVOCAINE – The Unlikely Candidates (20)
19. REWARD – Paul Iwan (21)
20. ALL THE GOOD GIRLS GO TO HELL – Billie Eilish (22)
21. MIGHT BE RIGHT – White Reaper (23)
22. 16 – Highly Suspect (19)
23. THE END OF THE GAME – Weezer (26)
24. MAN ON THE MOON – The Common View (27)
25. WANNACRY – Darksoft (18)
26. THE RUNNER – Foals (28)
27. BLIND LEADING THE BLIND – Mumford & Sons (29)
28. WARS – Of Monsters and Men (30)
29. 2ALL – Catfish and the Bottlemen (N)
30. THE BEST – AWOLNATION (N)

Top 30 Songs for November 24-30, 2019

1. UNDERGROUND – MISSIO (4)
2. SOMEONE YOU LOVED – Lewis Capaldi (1)
3. CIRCLES – Post Malone (3)
4. YOU? – Two Feet (7)
5. DISSOLVE – Absofacto (6)
6. THE HYPE – twenty one pilots (2)
7. UNDER THESE SCARS – Falling Into Red featuring Dev (9)
8. SOCIAL CUES – Cage the Elephant (5)
9. FIGHTER – Joseph (8)
10. STAY HIGH – Brittany Howard (11)
11. GOOD THINGS FALL APART – ILLENIUM with Jon Bellion (10)
12. DRIFTING AWAY – Stereohaze (13)
13. OBSESSION – Joywave (16)
14. WHITE LIES & PALM TREES – The Lovepools (17)
15. LONELY – Secret American (18)
16. CALM DOWN – Pete Yorn (19)
17. ORPHANS – Coldplay (21)
18. WANNACRY – Darksoft (12)
19. 16 – Highly Suspect (15)
20. NOVOCAINE – The Unlikely Candidates (22)
21. REWARD – Paul Iwan (23)
22. ALL THE GOOD GIRLS GO TO HELL – Billie Eilish (26)
23. MIGHT BE RIGHT – White Reaper (27)
24. NO BULLETS SPENT – Spoon (20)
25. THE MIDDLE – Agency Panic (14)
26. THE END OF THE GAME – Weezer (29)
27. MAN ON THE MOON – The Common View (30)
28. THE RUNNER – Foals (N)
29. BLIND LEADING THE BLIND – Mumford & Sons (N)
30. WARS – Of Monsters and Men (N)

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Top 30 Songs for November 17-23, 2019

1. SOMEONE YOU LOVED – Lewis Capaldi (3)
2. THE HYPE – twenty one pilots (1)
3. CIRCLES – Post Malone (4)
4. UNDERGROUND – MISSIO (5)
5. SOCIAL CUES – Cage the Elephant (2)
6. DISSOLVE – Absofacto (7)
7. YOU? – Two Feet (10)
8. FIGHTER – Joseph (8)
9. UNDER THESE SCARS – Falling Into Red featuring Dev (9)
10. GOOD THINGS FALL APART – ILLENIUM with Jon Bellion (6)
11. STAY HIGH – Brittany Howard (12)
12. WANNACRY – Darksoft (13)
13. DRIFTING AWAY – Stereohaze (14)
14. THE MIDDLE – Agency Panic (11)
15. 16 – Highly Suspect (17)
16. OBSESSION – Joywave (18)
17. WHITE LIES & PALM TREES – The Lovepools (19)
18. LONELY – Secret American (20)
19. CALM DOWN – Pete Yorn (23)
20. NO BULLETS SPENT – Spoon (22)
21. ORPHANS – Coldplay (28)
22. NOVOCAINE – The Unlikely Candidates (24)
23. REWARD – Paul Iwan (25)
24. SECRETS – The Million Reasons (15)
25. GO – The Black Keys (16) 20th week on list
26. ALL THE GOOD GIRLS GO TO HELL – Billie Eilish (29)
27. MIGHT BE RIGHT – White Reaper (30)
28. DESERVING OF LOVE – Lyia Meta (21)
29. THE END OF THE GAME – Weezer (N)
30. MAN ON THE MOON – The Common View (N)

Top 30 Songs for November 10-16, 2019

1. THE HYPE – twenty one pilots (1)
2. SOCIAL CUES – Cage the Elephant (2)
3. SOMEONE YOU LOVED – Lewis Capaldi (4)
4. CIRCLES – Post Malone (5)
5. UNDERGROUND – MISSIO (6)
6. GOOD THINGS FALL APART – ILLENIUM with Jon Bellion (3)
7. DISSOLVE – Absofacto (7)
8. FIGHTER – Joseph (9)
9. UNDER THESE SCARS – Falling Into Red featuring Dev (10)
10. YOU? – Two Feet (12)
11. THE MIDDLE – Agency Panic (8)
12. STAY HIGH – Brittany Howard (14)
13. WANNACRY – Darksoft (15)
14. DRIFTING AWAY – Stereohaze (16)
15. SECRETS – The Million Reasons (11)
16. GO – The Black Keys (13) 19th week on list
17. 16 – Highly Suspect (18)
18. OBSESSION – Joywave (19)
19. WHITE LIES & PALM TREES – The Lovepools (20)
20. LONELY – Secret American (24)
21. DESERVING OF LOVE – Lyia Meta (17)
22. NO BULLETS SPENT – Spoon (23)
23. CALM DOWN – Pete Yorn (26)
24. NOVOCAINE – The Unlikely Candidates (28)
25. REWARD – Paul Iwan (30)
26. RAGGED TOWN – Second Player Score (21) 18th week on list
27. UNDER THE COLD LIGHT OF THE MOON – Crystal Cities (22) 21st week on list
28. ORPHANS – Coldplay (N)
29. ALL THE GOOD GIRLS GO TO HELL – Billie Eilish (N)
30. MIGHT BE RIGHT – White Reaper (N)

Top 30 Songs for November 3-9, 2019

1. THE HYPE – twenty one pilots (2)
2. SOCIAL CUES – Cage the Elephant (1)
3. GOOD THINGS FALL APART – ILLENIUM with Jon Bellion (3)
4. SOMEONE YOU LOVED – Lewis Capaldi (4)
5. CIRCLES – Post Malone (5)
6. UNDERGROUND – MISSIO (8)
7. DISSOLVE – Absofacto (7)
8. THE MIDDLE – Agency Panic (9)
9. FIGHTER – Joseph (10)
10. UNDER THESE SCARS – Falling Into Red featuring Dev (12)
11. SECRETS – The Million Reasons (11)
12. YOU? – Two Feet (16)
13. GO – The Black Keys (6)
14. STAY HIGH – Brittany Howard (20)
15. WANNACRY – Darksoft (17)
16. DRIFTING AWAY – Stereohaze (18)
17. DESERVING OF LOVE – Lyia Meta (19)
18. 16 – Highly Suspect (22)
19. OBSESSION – Joywave (23)
20. WHITE LIES & PALM TREES – The Lovepools (24)
21. RAGGED TOWN – Second Player Score (13)
22. UNDER THE COLD LIGHT OF THE MOON – Crystal Cities (14) 20th week on list
23. NO BULLETS SPENT – Spoon (27)
24. LONELY – Secret American (28)
25. HEAT OF THE SUMMER – Young the Giant (15)
26. CALM DOWN – Pete Yorn (29)
27. DOIN’ TIME – Lana Del Rey (21) 19th week on list
28. NOVOCAINE – The Unlikely Candidates (30)
29. 3 NIGHTS – Dominic Fike (25)
30. REWARD – Paul Iwan (N)

Top 30 Songs for October 27-November 2, 2019

1. SOCIAL CUES – Cage the Elephant (1)
2. THE HYPE – twenty one pilots (2)
3. GOOD THINGS FALL APART – ILLENIUM with Jon Bellion (4)
4. SOMEONE YOU LOVED – Lewis Capaldi (5)
5. CIRCLES – Post Malone (9)
6. GO – The Black Keys (3)
7. DISSOLVE – Absofacto (10)
8. UNDERGROUND – MISSIO (15)
9. THE MIDDLE – Agency Panic (11)
10. FIGHTER – Joseph (14)
11. SECRETS – The Million Reasons (12)
12. UNDER THESE SCARS – Falling Into Red (13)
13. RAGGED TOWN – Second Player Score (7)
14. UNDER THE COLD LIGHT OF THE MOON – Crystal Cities (6) 19th week on list
15. HEAT OF THE SUMMER – Young the Giant (8)
16. YOU? – Two Feet (27)
17. WANNACRY – Darksoft (18)
18. DRIFTING AWAY – Stereohaze (22)
19. DESERVING OF LOVE – Lyia Meta (21)
20. STAY HIGH – Brittany Howard (28)
21. DOIN’ TIME – Lana Del Rey (19)
22. 16 – Highly Suspect (23)
23. OBSESSION – Joywave (24)
24. WHITE LIES & PALM TREES – The Lovepools (26)
25. 3 NIGHTS – Dominic Fike (16)
26. CRINGE – Matt Maeson (17)
27. NO BULLETS SPENT – Spoon (29)
28. LONELY – Secret American (30)
29. CALM DOWN – Pete Yorn (N)
30. NOVOCAINE – The Unlikely Candidates (N)

Top 30 Songs for October 20-26, 2019

1. SOCIAL CUES – Cage the Elephant (1)
2. THE HYPE – twenty one pilots (3)
3. GO – The Black Keys (2)
4. GOOD THINGS FALL APART – ILLENIUM with Jon Bellion (5)
5. SOMEONE YOU LOVED – Lewis Capaldi (10)
6. UNDER THE COLD LIGHT OF THE MOON – Crystal Cities (4)
7. RAGGED TOWN – Second Player Score (8)
8. HEAT OF THE SUMMER – Young the Giant (9)
9. CIRCLES – Post Malone (20)
10. DISSOLVE – Absofacto (15)
11. THE MIDDLE – Agency Panic (13)
12. SECRETS – The Million Reasons (14)
13. UNDER THESE SCARS – Falling Into Red featuring Dev (16)
14. FIGHTER – Joseph (18)
15. UNDERGROUND – MISSIO (19)
16. 3 NIGHTS – Dominic Fike (6)
17. CRINGE – Matt Maeson (7)
18. WANNACRY – Darksoft (17)
19. DOIN’ TIME – Lana Del Rey (11)
20. GOODBYES – Post Malone featuring Young Thug (12)
21. DESERVING OF LOVE – Lyia Meta (22)
22. DRIFTING AWAY – Stereohaze (23)
23. 16 – Highly Suspect (28)
24. OBSESSION – Joywave (29)
25. FOUR WINDS – Unquiet Nights (21)
26. WHITE LIES & PALM TREES – The Lovepools (30)
27. YOU? – Two Feet (N)
28. STAY HIGH – Brittany Howard (N)
29. NO BULLETS SPENT – Spoon (N)
30. LONELY – Secret American (N)

Top 30 Songs for October 13-19, 2019

1. SOCIAL CUES – Cage the Elephant (2)
2. GO – The Black Keys (1)
3. THE HYPE – twenty one pilots (5)
4. UNDER THE COLD LIGHT OF THE MOON – Crystal Cities (3)
5. GOOD THINGS FALL APART – ILLENIUM with Jon Bellion (7)
6. 3 NIGHTS – Dominic Fike (4)
7. CRINGE – Matt Maeson (6)
8. RAGGED TOWN – Second Player Score (9)
9. HEAT OF THE SUMMER – Young the Giant (10)
10. SOMEONE YOU LOVED – Lewis Capaldi (11)
11. DOIN’ TIME – Lana Del Rey (8)
12. GOODBYES – Post Malone featuring Young Thug (12)
13. THE MIDDLE – Agency Panic (16)
14. SECRETS – The Million Reasons (17)
15. DISSOLVE – Absofacto (18)
16. UNDER THESE SCARS – Falling Into Red featuring Dev (19)
17. WANNACRY – Darksoft (20)
18. FIGHTER – Joseph (25)
19. UNDERGROUND – MISSIO (26)
20. CIRCLES – Post Malone (N)
21. FOUR WINDS – Unquiet Nights (13)
22. DESERVING OF LOVE – Lyia Meta (24)
23. DRIFTING AWAY – Stereohaze (27)
24. COMING UP FOR AIR – Mars Motel (14) 19th week on list
25. RUBBING SHOULDERS WITH THE DEVIL – Revolvers (15) 18th week on list
26. THIS LIFE – Vampire Weekend (21)
27. WHEN AM I GONNA LOSE YOU – Local Natives (23)
28. 16 – Highly Suspect (29)
29. OBSESSION – Joywave (30)
30. WHITE LIES & PALM TREES – The Lovepools (N)

Top 30 Songs for October 6-12, 2019

1. GO – The Black Keys (3)
2. SOCIAL CUES – Cage the Elephant (4)
3. UNDER THE COLD LIGHT OF THE MOON – Crystal Cities (1)
4. 3 NIGHTS – Dominic Fike (2)
5. THE HYPE – twenty one pilots (5)
6. CRINGE – Matt Maeson (6)
7. GOOD THINGS FALL APART – ILLENIUM with Jon Bellion (13)
8. DOIN’ TIME – Lana Del Rey (9)
9. RAGGED TOWN – Second Player Score (11)
10. HEAT OF THE SUMMER – Young the Giant (12)
11. SOMEONE YOU LOVED – Lewis Capaldi (23)
12. GOODBYES – Post Malone featuring Young Thug (14)
13. FOUR WINDS – Unquiet Nights (10)
14. COMING UP FOR AIR – Mars Motel (7)
15. RUBBING SHOULDERS WITH THE DEVIL – Revolvers (8)
16. THE MIDDLE – Agency Panic (17)
17. SECRETS – The Million Reasons (18)
18. DISSOLVE – Absofacto (19)
19. UNDER THESE SCARS – Falling Into Red featuring Dev (20)
20. WANNACRY – Darksoft (21)
21. THIS LIFE – Vampire Weekend (15)
22. FALLING WITH STYLE – Heist At Five (16)
23. WHEN AM I GONNA LOSE YOU – Local Natives (22)
24. DESERVING OF LOVE – Lyia Meta (25)
25. FIGHTER – Joseph (26)
26. UNDERGROUND – MISSIO (27)
27. DRIFTING AWAY – Stereohaze (28)
28. WHY DID YOU RUN? – Judah & the Lion (24)
29. 16 – Highly Suspect (N)
30. OBSESSION – Joywave (N)