Original Synths

LA Nights

SNAP!  And just like that, LɅNights returns with their fourth EP this year.  I covered their first two releases for Original Synths on the day they dropped; both receiving the highest marks from me. Their fourth release is no different in its narrative display  ...

 

Dimi Kaye's Dangerous

Vaporwave.  Mallsoft.  80´s Retro.  Whatever style of music 385North releases, this music producer continues to deliver all sorts of quality electronic sounds for your ears and your minds.  His latest, Cocktail, delivers banger after banger galore ...

 

adam ford

You need to know that Adam Ford is no longer a detective from Los Angeles.  This was the case with Los Angeles Cold Night.  You also need to know that his wife, having met her in the prequel release Miami Dreamscapes, and his child ...

 

Abstract Void - Back to Reality

Abstract Void shouldn’t work.  This project, exploring the dark and atmospheric place where black metal and synthwave unexpectedly meet, is; however, ABSOLUTELY thriving.  This is made evident by the arrival of Back to Reality, the second sonic  ...

 

Coeur

As a fan of the horror genre and of soundtracks in general, I have long been aware of Cœur’s output. The sounds that Levi Miah produces are haunting gems that absolutely deserve images to go along with them.  They are passionate and thoughtful, telling  ...

 

Baldocaster

Damn.  Listening to music is not unlike taking a journey to some unknown destination.  From the exhilaration of new sounds to the emotions contained within each song, there is certainly a thrill there.  Baldocaster, for his ...

 

. . and, boy, did the lineup on Saturday night ever deliver.

Echosynthetic Fest 2018 - Unholy Rat KingFrom the very moment the stage darkened, we stood transfixed.  Anticipation practically dripped from the ceiling.  The audience was charged-up and anxious.  We were about to witness chiptune history.  THE Unholy Rat King, making his live debut...

Echocynthetic Fest 2018. . . and then the stage dimmed.

Only one figure was seen walking through the darkness. This woman, with long flowing hair and a gorgeous voice, stood ready at the keyboards. Glitbiter, hailing from Los Angeles, kicked off the two-nights of

Echosynthetic FestIt was a cold and wet night in Atlanta, Georgia. My flight had arrived in the early afternoon and nothing much had changed weather-wise; even my bones shivered from inside my leather jacket.

You wouldn’t know anything about that wintery weather from inside The Earl

Zero Call

A warning. We aren’t prepared for the journey through the electronic ages that is Zero Call’s Fears and Dreams of Living Machines. The electronic canvas revealed here is expressive and vastly layered, echoing into the far reaches of this  ...

 

Motion Epic - Midnight

The sparkling keyboards! The percolating rhythms!  The neon!  And the voice.  Yeah, that smoky-toned voice.  The 1980s are alive and well thanks to the nostalgic work of The Motion Epic.  Their moody debut album, dropping from Business Casual ...

 

Night Machine: Themes of the Dead

Maybe it is the choral voices that makes the chill of the introductory track, “Themata Ex Mortuis” so effective or perhaps it is the slow burn of “Old Dust (The Crypt)” as an environment is unleashed for our imagination to prowl upon.  Whatever it  ...

 

Oceanside 85 Absolution - Music

Vocals! Vocals! Vocals! The new release from Oceanside85 is a wild ride through some pretty heavy dark synth and, my Goddess, those vocals of hers have NEVER sounded better.  Yes, you read that correctly: Oceanside85 goes dark synth with her latest release: Absolution. ...

 

24:7

Authenticity is sometimes a hard thing to spot.  It is definitely a difficult thing to hear.  The thing is, as is the case with this GENIUS work by Brighton’s 24:7, true works of authenticity can only speak for themselves and wait patiently – sometimes in the  ...

 

Dream Division

Dream Division returns with its analog experimentations! Using the Roland Juno-6, the Roland SH-101, the Roland RS-09, and the Korg Mono/poly synthesizer for its source of sounds, horror and dismay has never sounded as LIVE and DIRECT as it does ...

 

Dimi Kaye's Dangerous

Do you always drive by night?" She said, looking at him with a worrying gaze. "Yes." He took a drag from his half burned cigarette while gazing the city lights below. "Isn't that dangerous? Especially in your line of work?" She turned her eyes to the city ...

 

Roxi Drive

Sometimes in this life, we have to go back in order to find the right path forward.  Roxi Drive, returning to the synthwave scene after her first release of Girl on the TV does EXACTLY that with her first full length LP.  But there is something different this time out ...

 

Cemetery gate Album

In the past week alone, the synthwave community has been inundated with quality releases hitting our ears just in time for the Halloween season.  From Vampire Step-Dad’s EPIC Songs to a Haunt a House To to Gregorio Franco’s stunning Apocalypse Prime, the styles of the music might be  ...

 

Darkest's Light - Music Review

“Darkest. Not much is known about his early life. In 1980, in the ruins of a deserted monastery, a nun's testimony was discovered. This anonymous scripture reveals that Darkest was a ritual composer of the Middle Ages who became a knight, then a crusader  ...

 

Caspro - Dark Digital

“I got a rock.”  Dressed as the bride of Frankenstein, Cindy never expected that her friends would ditch her on Halloween night.  She also never expected to be going through her trick or treat bag on the corner of the street.  But that’s exactly what she was doing. She pulled ...

Electra Diamond's Bayview Airlines

The traffic out of the city is bad. Seems everyone is happy going nowhere. The car windows are down. I keep the car pointed forward in spite of the traffic. A red light makes me pause. ...

 

Nightshifter

In the immediate past, Hawaiians used the moon for navigation purposes.  MacLane, wearing a loose fitting tropical shirt, only wants to use it to charm the pants off his date.  Anything to take his mind off of Bianca.  That girl is nothing but trouble ...

 

Neon Nox - Syndicate Shadow

Welcome to the Daytona 500, the Superbowl of motor racing,” the announcer’s voice booms onto the track. “Pace Yourself,” Jon “Neon” Nox says as a reminder.  He tightens his grip on the steering wheel and notices for the first time that afternoon  ...

 

Dream Shore - Another Time

Another Time", is a story behind multiple situations that all people deal with daily, such as relationships, struggles in life and the need to be more then what we currently are. Within time we eventually find what we've all been looking for, to belong, to ...

 

Blaze of Gunfire - Summer Nights Album

Tim Ashburg, curly-headed and face full of freckles, closes his eyes.  It’s been a day. The first day back is always rough. But, as a sophomore, there’s something different.  His high school sucks. And the homework is just ...

 

Stieglitz - Album Cover

Getting lost in the cemetery was not Haley’s idea of a good time.  Damn it, Frank, she thought to herself as she untangled her tennis shoes from yet another thorny patch of weeds.  A girl has her limits.  And, out here on a moonless night on Friday the 13th  ...

 

ByteMapper's Devil on the Dancefloor

"Dan Dare, a high school freshman in love with a junior, knows that he has to do it.  He must make his presence known to the girl of his dreams  ...

 

Die Scum Inc. - Everending Summer

Do you always drive by night?" She said, looking at him with a worrying gaze. "Yes." He took a drag from his half burned cigarette while gazing the city lights below. "Isn't that dangerous? Especially in your line of work?" She turned her eyes to the city ...

 

LA Nights - Save the City

This city breathes steel and spits fire.  It is a dangerous place where even the strong struggle.  But it is not without melody.  You hear its voice caught falling from the night.  Sleeping with the windows open, you feel fully aware and alive.  The highs in its  ...

 

Occam's Laser New Blood - Music Review

What if a form of control was manufactured through a synthetic new blood. Recipients of this blood would only find out too late to change their fate. Pumping cautiously through the veins of its host; taking hold like the gentle ebbing of the tide. Imprisoned from the inside, there’s no chance to escape the New Blood ...

 

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