The English synth-wave duo LiiN released the two track plus two remix EP Andromeda earlier in the month.
The analogue synthetics gives the music an inherent capacity to softly brush the listener which in the EP, LiiN, deploy both as a stand alone instrumental track and as the cloaking for vocal, each resulting in something quite different.
My selection from the release is the original version of title track Andromeda which invites the listener on to the dancefloor in a number that is reminiscent of ’80s club nights.
On the 24th of July the English synth-wave duo From Apes To Angels will be releasing their début EP New Skin.
From Apes To Angels – New Skin – artwork
A four track release that is best heard under strobed lighting as the duo deliver a soundtrack that has a slightly retro-feel to it in which the listener can immerse themselves and wash away the mundanities of every day life to the layered texturing and dreamy vocal.
The second song Gift Tag is the sprightliest of the four whilst simultaneously the most steeped in the roots of the Blitz Club.
The New Zealand synth-wave outfit Glass Vaults release the LP The New Happy on the 12th.
Glass Vaults – Photo by @funkypancake
From the album – Bleached Blonde – is the penultimate of the nine tracks and allows the guitar, which is normally more submerged, to take a pivoting funk presence around which the synths revolve, giving the track a summer-evening vibe.
Combining drifting melodies with a critical view of the imbalances of society Bad Wave are able to deliver music which is both lyrically perspicacious and aurally engrossing with the listener having the feeling they have unbeknownst partaken in a lustrate experience.
1955, that was revealed earlier in the month, deploys retrospective contemplation inside a late ’10s sentiment to deliver a song which gently drifts around the room as the hushed composition unfolds with the harmonics lingering long after the track has faded away in to silence.
I look forward to hearing more of Bad Wave in short order.
After the successful launch of the LP Wedding Album in October the US synth-wave outfit Casual Strangers return with a new track.
Having first featured back in 2014, Casual Strangers continue to offer new soundscapes of different dimensions in which the listener can dwell in comfort.
Voltage Control oscillates around the room to a vibrant electro-loop, phased instrumentation and keys are torqued through transformative sequencers taking the audience in to a parallel Universe of tranquil oscillation from which they have no desire to return.