The Canadian synthwave project of Ariel Engle – La Force – will be releasing the eponymous LP on the 7th of September.
A nine track album of entrancing spectral weave which captivates the listener who becomes enveloped in the silken thread as it drifts calmly through the ears in soft dreamy focus.
The LP release is being supported by a trans-continental tour
SEP 4 TUE Ancienne Belgique – Brussels, Belgium
SEP 5 WED L’Olympia – Paris, France
SEP 9 SUN Coliseu De Lisboa – Lisbon, Portugal
SEP 19 WED The 27 Club – Ottawa, Canada
SEP 21 FRI Centre Phi – Montréal, Canada
SEP 22 SAT Boquébière – Sherbrooke, Canada
SEP 23 SUN L’anti Bar & Spectacles – Ville De Québec, Canada
OCT 10 WED Mercury Lounge – New York, NY, United States
OCT 12 FRI Ortlieb’s – Philadelphia, PA, United States
On the 30th they will be releasing their latest single Mere Mortal – a track that takes the listener back to Sheffield in the late ’70s and early ’80s – which is somehow appropriate given that one half of the duo is from Sheffield. Once again rather than sounding a pastiche of what has gone before From Apes To Angels are able turn the retrospective references in to a song which is suitably attired for today, with its busier tempo.
Word also arrives that this year has more to come, with possibilities of further collaborations, more singles and the possibility of an EP or LP – I look forward to firming up on news.
The US synthwave quartet Other Americans released their eponymous LP on the 29th of June.
Other Americans – Photo by Mike Alexander
The second of the six songs on the LP – Make Me Afraid – has mix of the retrospective and current soundtrack which combines bright light and deep shadows to deliver a track that has a sweeping elegance that is underpinned by a looming menace in a composition written in the context of the fears and pleasures of trusting to falling in love.
The English synthwave duo LiiN released the LP Users on the 15th.
Their merge of analogue synths and instrumentation makes for music which has a fuzzy hum that glows like a valve, emitting a palpable warmth, while also the sharp elbows of glitchy hissing dig in to the ribs giving the songs their variance of texturing.
The bakers dozen, roughly fifty minutes, track LP (available on bandcamp) can be enjoyed, equally, as a one stop night in with a few friends or each track individually popped like bubble wrap.
By way of a reminder of their sound, the appropriately named six and a quarter minutes closer – Cassiopeia.
Electric Car (available on bandcamp) is a different soundscape to the introduction in late 2016 with a song that takes the listener directly to the Belgian ’70s trio Telex with a collection of current and retro electronica sweeped with a synthesised vocal and resultingly – comprehensively – summarising the rationale behind the name of the project.