The Lovemakers

The quiet Oakland neighborhood where the Lovemakers’ Jason Proctor has lived for the past ten years is not where you’d expect to find the creative lair of a pop trio that recalls and romanticizes — in lyric and in look — the indulgent, hedonistic vibe of early-1980s America with Euro beats from the same era. Quaint turn-of-the-century homes in fine repair and their tiny, well-kept lawns line the sunny street. The vibe is more “going to visit Grandma” than “meeting a chart-climbing composer/synth boffin.” But here it was that we found Proctor, part of his collection of vintage synths, his grizzled cat Chester, and his overworked coffee maker.