Minimal electronic production isn’t uncommon these days, but the thing often lost in this type of production is a strong, immediate melody. Too often, these minimal productions are clicks and thumps, stabs and punches, and the core of what usually makes up a song is lost in favor of a trendy, modern sound. On “Countdown,” singer/producer TOTEM chooses his elements carefully, working soulful vocals, a sturdy chord progression, an an aching sentiment into the production.

“Some lessons are life-changing,” Totem explains about a love lost. “The one she taught me? Good things are rare and great things are once in a lifetime. I was greedy. I didn’t know what I had, maybe because I had it. So I watched it go and never caught back up.”