Eldorado (born Doriane Gamba) is an up-and-coming French singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and bedroom producer, who can trace the origins of her music career to when she turned six and started playing drums. Inspired by an eclectic array of artists, who have also abided by the DIY ethos including Mac DeMarco, Men I Trust, Yellow Days, Clairo and a list of others, the French singer/songwriter and bedroom producer’s work is inspired by real life, personal experiences, which helps evoke strong emotions.
Eldorado’s debut single, the neon and heartache-tinged “3 in the morning” is centered around glistening, reverb-drenched guitars, the French artist and producer’s achingly plaintive vocals, skittering beats, atmospheric synths and a soaring hook. Sounding as though it were inspired by JOVM mainstays St. Lucia, Washed Out, and 80s synth pop, “3 in the morning” draws from a heartbreaking, fairly universal experience: wanting to be with someone, who has no interest in you whatsoever. It’s the sort of song, I can imagine heartbroken souls singing to themselves at 3am — or at the club, along with their equally heartbroken cohorts.
Directed by Ambre Tholance, the accompanying video begins with our protagonist — Gamba — in her bed, listening to music on an old walkman. She eats puts on a shirt and tie, eats some cereal and walks out of her apartment with her bike. We then follow our protagonist riding her bike through suburban streets at golden hour. She then stops at a diner, where she has a milkshake and an appetizer, and begins writing the lyrics for “3 in the morning.” The video follows Gamba through an amusement park and elsewhere. While nodding at 80s pop videos, the video or “3 in the morning” emphasizes the late night loneliness at the core of its accompanying song.