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Continuing where we left off
The dark dirty bass and rude leads sear through the mix of this raw modular mangler courtesy of Neon Workout.
The retro-infused dreamwavers FM Attack unleash their distinctly old school stylings into the worlds domain, serving up expertly merged elements of synth pop, day-glo-electronica and sun-soaked synthwave.
A lunar synth. A computer game synth. A newly circuited synth.
VHS – Press – Click - Play ; A Vangelis synth searing through the tape-distorted haze, arching its way all the way across the song, tearing a whole in the screen.
Entering with a Stranger Things-esque arp that pulses underneath the rising juno bass stabs, an atmospheric and light beginning is soon betrayed by the darker undertones lurking beneath.
Bubbling under the surface of the fairly generic Hollywood-comic-book-action soundtrack there is another soundtrack at work. A score full of dreamy arps, retro synth basses, sparkling keys and gauzy pads. An 80s-sci-fi inspired spin on the synthwave aesthetic.
This could be a scene from either the beginning or the end of the world.
Dreamy pads, Tron-inspired melodics crafted from the finest vintage synths, basslines, soft keys, arps extending out into the horizon, galactic leads cutting through the lush pads and reverbed kicks.
Rain Sword recreates the nostalgia of a time he was never able to live in, making music using only hardware and synthesizers that are from the 80's … so we’re going to go ahead and take him seriously.
Static as if tuning into an extra-terrestrial signal that breaks open to reveal the sound of the future, a sound of the past…