Eamonn Watt’s “Laputa” Resonates With a Sense of Cosmic Wonder

Eamonn Watt, Dopamine cover (cropped)

The melodic, watery sounds of Eamonn Watt’s “Laputa,” as well as other tracks on the new album Dopamine, were inspired by the fantastic worlds of 1980s television and cinema. Without reference specifically to the soundtracks to any of those films, “Laputa” nevertheless resonates with the imagery and mood of films like Labyrinth and The Neverending Story and, of course, Hayao Miyazaki’s 1986 masterpiece Laputa: Castle in the Sky—the presumed source of the song’s title. Soft synth tones while around each other and shimmer out into a sonic cloudscape while a lead tonal figure cuts through the dreamlike haze and illuminates a solid musical line through the song. Though not fantasy, the song is like the moodier cousin of the ending music of American public television’s astronomy program Star Gazers (known to many in its earlier and equally defunct incarnation as Jack Horkheimer: Star Hustler). It works similar major scale progressions and conveys a similar sense of wonder at the workings of cosmic phenomena. Listen to “Laputa” on Spotify and follow Eamonn Watt at any of the links below.