Conner Eko is an emerging indie synth pop singer-songwriter located in the Bay Area, California. Returning in 2021 after years in hiatus from music, Eko is set to release his poignant sophomore release ‘Christmas Morning Goodbye’.
The single includes some festive elements with its glistening piano and Eko’s soaring vocals but carries the powerful message of saying goodbye to a loved one. The themes of the holiday track are refreshing, facing the facts that a lot of people experience heartbreak and sadness during the holiday season and may want a change versus hearing the same overly joyful corporate products of the holidays.
Conner Eko on the themes of the track:
“The song can be about a complete breakup between lovers, or them just moving past and healing from deep unclosed wounds. It is about personal and interpersonal forgiveness and the solace that can come from being honest and real about the fact that things are never perfect and that is okay, if we are brave to omit our own faults, and confront them and each other with an open heart. Although extremely challenging, this act can allow parties involved to open up new doors and close the one with all their problems (“a gift”).”
Eko participated in previous musical projects as a singer-songwriter (such as Pittsburgh-based indie rock band Falling Andes), but that was many years ago. During this time away, he spent time as a high school science teacher, and most recently began working on a PhD in astrophysics. He studies planets around other stars and thinks about the idea of life elsewhere in the universe. Although Eko’s science pursuits are exciting, the time away from music and songwriting deeply affected him and increased his struggles with a lifelong battle with major depression and anxiety.
In March 2021, everything changed when a serendipitous accident gave Eko a traumatic brain injury, which led him to developing post-concussion syndrome and an increase in depression and other health problems. Forced to take a leave of absence from his PhD and many other activities, he found solace and healing in his music. With writing and playing music being one of the few things that he could do that wouldn’t result in headaches and other concussion symptoms, Eko began to craft new songs and completed his debut single, “SINK”.
Eko is currently working on follow up releases set for mid-2022 that will blend indie synth pop and retro indie singer-songwriter. Lyrically, Eko’s new songs will tell his own personal story, his battle with depression, as well as include philosophical themes and metaphors relating to humanity and our place on Earth and in the cosmos.