Soma: Brave New World goes Pop!

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“Soma” is the opening track from the newly released album “So That’s How It Ended…”.




The four lines from the chorus are taken from Aldous Huxley's classic 1932 novel, Brave New World: 


I thought it’d be cool to turn those four lines into an actual song and I immediately came up with a matching melody. 

I then wrote music and lyrics for the verses, pre-chorus and bridge. For this, I immersed myself in the book and peppered the lyrics with phrases from the novel (“Alpha-Plus”, “pleasantly hallucinant”, etc.).



Brave New World describes a futuristic society in which feelings have been suppressed and music is a pacifier for the masses (very much like pop music today, actually). I thought the music had to be mostly electronic and emotionless, yet catchy and satisfying. A pop ditty people would hopefully want to sing along to…

I had been looking for a suitable project to work on with my friend Fay Cannings and very early on – almost from the start – I thought this would be a perfect song for her. Her delivery is stripped of emotion – exactly as I wanted it for this song – yet with a very satisfying pop sensibility. 

Apart from guitars, the entire backing track was built on my trusted Roland FA-06 synth:

  • for drums, the “XV WayHipKit” patch
  • for bass, the “TB Dist Bs 1”
  • for piano, the “Full Grand 1”
  • for the main pad, the “JP8 Strings 1”
  • for the voice pad on the pre-chorus, a mix of “Longing…”, “Asian Morn” and “Synvox Comps”
  • for additional synth parts, the “Phaze Pad”

For the arpeggios at the end of the bridge, I used FM8’s “Thumped Again” patch with the built-in arpeggiator. 

The guitar parts were played on the keyboard and rendered with RealStrat and various GuitarRig 5 effects.



Based on and featuring lines from Aldous Huxley's Brave New World (Chatto & Windus, 1932)

Music: A. Robin

Lyrics: A. Robin, Aldous Huxley

Vocals: Fay Cannings

Instruments: SuperCool-Guy

Arrangement, mix and production: SuperCool-Guy

Mastering: Jon Astley 



We won’t make a mess and we won’t make a fuss

Honey, come over if you’re Alpha-Plus


Half a gramme to the stars

We’ll be flying without wires



Hug me till you drug me, honey (honey)

Kiss me till I’m in a coma (coma)

Hug me, honey, snuggly bunny (bunny)

Love’s as good as soma

Love’s as good as soma


Euphoric, pleasantly hallucinant

So narcotic and so illuminant


Half a gramme to the stars

We’ll be flying without wires




Take me to the climax without end

Give me pleasure without pain

Where the feeling is magic and love is just a game

My pill, my friend




Hug me, honey, snuggly bunny (bunny)

Love’s as good as soma

Love’s as good as soma

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