synthwave

Artist: 
Medasin
Label: 
UpRise Music

The first thing that hit me about Medasin’s new EP “Irene” is the heavy use of old-school synth tones that just hit you, and keep on hitting you throughout the tracklist. I’m no stranger to the magic of synthetic music that technology has so graciously delivered unto us, but there are so many independent mixers, djs, and artists out there trying to integrate it into their music that they either over-use it, hit their mark (in this case), or just come across as trying to replicate what’s already done and come across as derivative.

Sounds Like: 
joji
Sounds Like: 
nujabes
Sounds Like: 
tommpabeats
Sounds Like: 
Frank Ocean (sorta?)
Name: 
Christopher Ewing
Date Reviewed: 
02/14/2018
Artist: 
Cellars
Label: 
Manifesto Records

Playing Phases is a flashback to 80’s new wave synth pop with the synthesizer, artificial drum beats, and a distortion filter over the female singer’s voice. Some tracks are a little jarring with all of these electro sounds hitting your ears at once while more soothing songs, like “Still in Love”, are fairly balanced. Nevertheless, if I ever need an album to listen to while riding a spaceship through the Milky Way, this would be it due to its psychedelic, exciting, and hypnotic style. This hypnotism hit me as soon as the intro note to “Toys” played.

Sounds Like: 
Grimes
Sounds Like: 
Visage
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
09/23/2016
Artist: 
Band Aparte
Label: 
Manifesto Records

Memory on Trial is Band Apartes debut album, released on Manifesto Records. They are an LA goth punk duo, releasing hard hitting but mellow tracks with punk, gothic, and synthwave influences throughout them. In the intro track there was an almost German vibe to the song.

Sounds Like: 
Ghost Noise
Sounds Like: 
New Order
Name: 
Nathan Gosnell
Date Reviewed: 
09/06/2016
Artist: 
Black Marble
Label: 
Ghostly International

Black Marble has been sort of mum these past few years. Even though the Brooklyn-based duo’s 2012 release, A Different Arrangement, has been referred to as “stellar but underrated,” they haven’t put out new music under the moniker since. I can easily affirm that their aforementioned LP’s leading single (“A Great Design”) is one of my favorite songs of this decade, which is why listening to “Woods,” the second single from their upcoming album It’s Immaterial, is making me insanely excited for its follow-up.

Sounds Like: 
Cold Cave
Sounds Like: 
Lust For Youth
Name: 
Emily Beiser
Date Reviewed: 
09/06/2016
Artist: 
Com Truise
Label: 
Ghotly Internatinoal

This album is entirely comprised of synth. Think Tron: Legacy soundtrack. No vocals, no guitar, nothing but synth. Because of this, once you have heard one song off of the album, you have a pretty good idea of what the rest of the album is going to sound like. Not that this is a bad thing, but it is a thing that should be mentioned nonetheless. The fact that the album has no vocals may definitely dissuade some DJs from airing the songs on their show; it's not something I would play while DJing.

Sounds Like: 
Miami Nights 1984
Sounds Like: 
Tycho
Name: 
Alex Wolvos
Date Reviewed: 
05/03/2016
Artist: 
Michna
Label: 
Ghostly International

Thousand Thursday is the second album by Michna, following a 7-year long absence after 2008's Magic Monday. The press release for this new release describes the music as "bothering very little with conceptual or contextual baggage;" rather, the focus is on the sound and aesthetic itself. Because of this mission statement, it's pretty hard for me to feel like there's any sort of meaning in any of the songs on Thousand Thursday, but that's alright, since the music itself is rather pleasant.

Sounds Like: 
the Super Monkey Ball 2 soundtrack
Sounds Like: 
Todd Mazierski
Name: 
Jake Calegari
Date Reviewed: 
02/10/2015
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