Sensitive Robot is a singles-driven songwriting, music, and video production duo hailing from Los Angeles. The production team, consisting of Rob Johnson and Evan Marquardt, collaborate with artists, vocalists, and songwriters they admire to produce commercially-viable tunes. The duo both have diverse and extensive musical backgrounds. Johnson has been in a multitude of rock bands among other impressive accomplishments within the arts. Marquardt has been recording and producing for many years, he was also apart of various screamo and indie-rock bands throughout the Pacific Northwest. Pairing up with the duo is the impressive Alexx Calise! Alexx Calise has cultivated an impressive independent following with her heart-and-soul lyrics, signature vocal vibrato and no-apologies attitude. “I Still Believe In Love" is the latest single from Sensitive Robot that’s featuring singer-songwriter, Alexx Calise. It's a sweet, romantic French-style ballad.
The French inspired track “I Still Believe In Love” is a spectacular motif about the ups and downs of love. The track weaves through the human struggle of trusting the instincts of our heart, regardless of what our head thinks. We still choose love above everything because we want that chance at a soul-mate. “I Still Believe In Love” is light-hearted and witty with undertones of melancholy and regret. “I believe like a fool, endlessly make the mistake of carelessly giving my heart, once again watching it break” is a lyric that perfectly captures the theme of “I Still Believe In Love”. The ballad is layered with harmonically rich vocals, Alexx Calise’s well known and angelic voice keeps us hooked from beginning to end. The production quality is simple and not over produced. The flawless delivery makes this an infectious classic.
Check out “I Still Believe In Love” here and read more below in our exclusive interview!
Welcome to BuzzMusic! We love your new song “I Still Believe In Love”! What inspired this track?
Thank you! Alexx came up with the lyrical concept and I ran with that idea and wrote a little verse/chorus demo on piano and she loved it - so we got together and finished the song.
What’s your writing process like together?
We’re both singer-songwriters, but in this situation I wanted the lyrical idea to really connect with Alexx because she’s the lead singer in this collaboration. So, we usually start with a subject matter that we’re both excited about, and then she’ll improvise melodies to my chord progressions until we find the basic verse/chorus structure; that usually happens almost instantaneously. After that, we’ll spend most of the time finishing the lyrics to all the verses, and any other parts of the song that need fleshing out.
Do you have any specific artists that have influenced your sound?
It was Alexx’s idea to write in this French style and she suggested writing with a vibe similar to Edith Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose." I loved that idea, so I just submerged myself in classic French pop from the 1950s and 60s. French artists like Françoise Hardy, France Gall, and Sylvie Vartan, and American artists like Cass Elliot and The Carpenters all had a bit of an influence on this project.
Can you talk more about the emotions you channeled when you wrote “I Still Believe In Love”?
I dig the simple, kind of John Lennon-esque message of an undying belief in love - and Alexx was going through a breakup at the time but didn’t want that to make her bitter and jaded about love - so I think that’s where we both connected to the song.
Can you tell us about this new collaboration, what can we expect to see from you in the future?
We have a few more songs recorded for this project that we’ll be releasing in the near future and we’re still collaborating on new songs too!