I remember writing The Arrival on a phone using an early version of FL Studio on Android while on a road trip to Georgia. The pulsing kick drum isn't meant to represent a heartbeat. If I remember correctly, it was meant to emulate the visually rhythmic white markings on the road.
The synthesizers were basically recorded "live" and improvised. The only thing that's fully programmed is the drum beat. The knob fiddling bits were fun, especially on Minimoog V and OP-X plugins. It wasn’t fun resyncing the Minimoog V’s arpeggiator every time I restarted the track, though.
The Arrival specifically was made after Welcome Home, because I had decided that Welcome Home would be in the beginning of the EP. However, it sounded too abrupt so The Arrival was meant to ease into it. It also gives me a great excuse to start a live performance with the lights dimmed for dramatic effect, so I'm glad I ended up writing it. It’s seriously a good show starter.
As for Welcome Home, if you want to cringe, check out the original recording of this here:
There's also this which shows the very first version (all the way until its last revision): twitter.com/carlmylo/status/845031741496676353
I'm not sure exactly when or how I decided to change the entire album from that weird downtempo stuff to the synthpop stuff. I'm guessing it started with jakeonfiree or somebody else introducing me to chillwave and witch house.
The guitar was hard to perfect since I wasn't so good at sound design in general back then. Similar to The Arrival, I wanted parts of the song to pulsate and sound hypnotizing. There's also a small autotuned vocal backing vocal after the break that was recorded during a Skype call and ended up being used.