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Saturday, September 27, 2014

DYNATRON MAKES MAGIC WITH THROTTLE UP!



First impressions:



There is an icy thickness to the opening track of Dynatron’s EP Throttle Up. In an effort to make tracks sound spacey and nostalgic, rookie musicians wind up making their mixes sound empty and thin. Dynatron isn’t a rookie. The way that the initial synths eventually get submerged beneath layers of melody while maintaining a minor presence is really excellent.


“Rise to the Stars” is the track that follows. It opens with audio of a spaceship about to take off. From that moment I have mixed feelings about the track. For one, the trend “3-2-1-Blast-off!” and its variants in even remotely spacey or astral sounding electronic tracks is just very overdone. The drums start out basic, though they work within context. Eventually a distracting percussive sound begins repeating and it really takes away from a song that has excellent synth tones and entertaining melodies. You really wind up getting lost in it.


And then you get punched in the face. “37 Million Horsepower” is definitely a surprising outlier. The guitar thumps along and coordinates with the synth in a manner reminiscent to “Separate Ways” by Journey. Don’t let that confuse you. Synth is still the main focus and aural star of this song. The instruments all harmonize and contribute to an overall sense of cohesiveness. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.


Album closers are tricky things. The closer of Throttle Up, “Intergalactic Highway” ends up getting it right. For lack of a better word, the song grows. When music is mostly instrumental, it is infinitely important that progression and melodies are treated with absolute care. Every element of “Intergalactic Highway” is one which sounds as though it took a great deal of time and effort to figure out melody, tone, and volume in the mix. The drop halfway through the song is what solidifies this. Of all the EP’s tracks, this is the one I found myself listening to the most.


There is a difficulty with sounding confident through electronic music. Throttle Up shows that this is not an issue for Dynatron. The melodies and synth riffs saunter throughout the entire EP with charisma, which is one of the most important and least describable traits for music in general. It is clear from this EP’s title and artwork that Dynatron was trying to evoke an urgent sense of motion. In every track, the beats are what drive (ha!) this point home. The destination is a consistent and unique album with a notably strong closing track.

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- Joey Edsall

Friday, September 26, 2014

Interview - GosT



I recently had a chance to have a digital sit-down with one of retrowave's darker, more sinister artists.... GosT. It turns out that despite his Satanic malice, the apparition had much to share with me during our meeting.

1. Thanks for agreeing to an interview! Let's get right to it... what got you into music as a whole?



I do not remember a time that music wasn't a big part of my life.  If I had to pick a moment or period of my life that I remember as pivotal,  my parents had a Kiss pinball machine in our house when I was very young (which I still own).   So as a child I was instantly drawn to Kiss.  The make-up the pyrotechnics, the insane boots!  My mother was also always listening to current rock music which left a very lasting impression on me that is still with me today.

2. Clearly your work is horror-influenced. What horror films from the 80s affected you the most, and what about them?



A Nightmare on Elm Street terrified me as a child but I was simultaneously drawn to it as well.  This was the film that started my love of horror for sure.  The knife glove was so badass to me!  Also the first two Halloween movies were massive for me.  John Carpenter's score for those films just blew my child head off!  The film Silver Bullet with Corey Haim was also in constant rotation among my group of childhood friends.

3. Not that I mind at all (in fact I'm into it), but what's the deal with the Satan imagery? It seems to be something you gradually adopted.




I've always played in metal bands so it just kind of naturally found its way into this project.  Also, I live in a very small town which is dominated by Christianity and the obnoxious passive aggression that community throws at non-believers. The negative of that belief is an easy way to distance myself from the religious right in my community and the world...  Basically HAIL SATAN!

4. Who are your biggest influences musically?



As I said before Kiss has always influenced me.  My influence are fairly vast and kind of all over the place.  Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Suicidal Tendencies, NIN, Danger, SebastiAn, Depeche Mode.  I could literally go all day but these bands in particular hold a lot of influence for Gost.

5. On the "Skull" EP, it's easy to notice a jump in overall production value. What's behind that? New equipment? Better facilities?



I started Gost to just have something I could do on my own without an actual band.   People started to really show interest which made me want to do better.  With Skull I started spending loads more time on actual production and trying to make something somewhat different from the rest of the synthwave community.

6. What's next for Gost? What can we expect? I know you've been doing some track remixes and stuff, but is another album coming?



I've just signed with Blood Music which is crazy to me!  They have already put massive amounts of energy into my next release.  I am releasing my debut LP the first of 2015 with them!   There are a couple surprises that I think my fans will be pretty stoked on and I can't wait to share all of this.  I am also releasing a remix I did of a Carpenter Brut track for free DL on Halloween.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

10 OF THE MOST PLAYED SYNTHWAVE SONGS ON NEWRETROWAVE!

THIS IS THE LIST AS OF TODAY!



10. BOURGEOISIE - THE ALPHABET CITY ELITE (154K + PLAYS)





9. POWER GLOVE - VENGEANCE (162K + PLAYS )





8. CHROMATICS - KILL FOR LOVE (NIGHT RIDERS VERSION) (167K + PLAYS)



7. LAZERHAWK - SPACE IS THE PLACE (168K+ PLAYS)



6. MEGA DRIVE - I AM THE PROGRAM (200K + PLAYS)




5. FM ATTACK - MAGIC (FEAT. KRISTINE) (214K + PLAYS)




4. LAZERHAWK - SKULL AND SHARK (FULL ALBUM) (290K + PLAYS)




3.  DYNATRON - STARS OF THE NIGHT (291K + PLAYS)




2. ELECTRIC YOUTH - THE BEST THING (490K + PLAYS)





1. LAZERHAWK - KING OF THE STREETS (679K + PLAYS)



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MODERNS ARE QUICKLY BECOMING THE ONES TO WATCH - NRW EXCLUSIVE!





You may have heard Tripped or Over Againtwo really rad tracks by MODERNS featured here on NRW's enormous YouTube channel. I'm looking to hear more voices from artists in this scene, providing more definition and clarity as synthwave discovers itself and what it's capable of as it goes along.
I got a chance to talk a bit with Alan Oakes and Christopher Fudurich, the duo that is, MODERNS...


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Thanks for doing this Q+A! As a lover of the synthwave community, I believe hearing from artists is a huge part of shaping the genre and scene as it matures.


ALAN: Thank you for the opportunity

CHRISTOPHER: You're welcome.  Hello!

Why MODERNS? Any background to the name?

ALAN: The MODERNS name goes with the "Future Modernism" idea which was a recurring theme during the 80's in synth music and the cyberpunk world. The music is heavily influenced by those genres, so it seemed fitting.

CHRISTOPHER:  Yes, which works out nice since I equate the music with that of a clean, linear mid-century architecture style.  I like architecture. 

How do you guys view or position yourselves in the synth scene? Or do you consider yourself electro-pop?

ALAN: The music is primarily synth-based while the songs do have some pop structures. We could generalize MODERNS as a Synthwave, Synthpop, or an Electro act, but I like the idea of keeping the lines blurred. It keeps things interesting.

CHRISTOPHER:  Blurred Lines?  I'm happy with making music and sounds and hopefully whoever likes it, likes it regardless of scene or whatever labels it gets stuck with.  Honestly, I like so many different types of music from all over the place, I think our music is just going to kinda go with whatever we are feeling or inspired by at the time.

Knowing you both have background with bands and music, why such a strong draw to synthwave?
Are you both pulled to that nostalgic 80's/90's zone that many of us millennial RetroWave fans are?

ALAN: It's partly nostalgic, I must admit. The music and bands from that era are the reason I wanted to become a musician in the first place. But I must say I'm also inspired by today's Synthwave artists. Some of the more progressive artists are doing really exciting things with their music.

CHRISTOPHER:  Totally nostalgic.  And synthesizers are cool.  I really, really like synthesizers as well.  Yeah... I want to grab all that 80s stuff up and wrap it around me like a warm blanket.  I'm on the last season of Miami Vice on Netflix.





How did you get started with this five-track EP?

ALAN: I don't really consider it  an EP at the moment. We've been adding songs to our catalogue track by track over the last few months. We're working on a proper release.

CHRISTOPHER:  It's more of a collection of songs that started with a track I had laying around and Alan had a vocal melody from a tune he wrote.  His track was used for something else and so we put the orphaned melody on to this track idea and really liked the result.  So we decided to see what else was floating around and finished writing a few more tracks.  We have too many ideas we like and just keep writing and finishing them off.  I def think putting a proper "album" together is close.

I just heard your new track, Atlantic Sudden. MODERNS are producing sounds more pop than electronic. An opportunity area of synth that's perhaps ripe and untried. Do you guys see yourselves as aligned with the aesthetic of someone like Trevor Something? Or anyone?


ALAN: I'm a big fan of the retro scene. Each artist adds their own touch to the genre which is one of the reasons why I'm such a big fan. We all have that main sound in common which is where our similarities end. Whichever direction we take that sound is up to us. I think it's exciting.

CHRISTOPHER:  I'm waiting to get into dark gothic minimalist.  Not really.  (Kinda).  We've added this singer Rosie into the mix and she is on Atlantic Sudden a bit.  The next track we're putting together, she sings herself.  I can't align us to anything else, really, but I'm sure there will be similarities to others here and there.  We're creating whatever we find pleasing and enjoyable to us, so some might be pop oriented and some will be instrumental.  All will be electronic.  No horn sections in our future.

You guys have a great sort of 80s synthpop wave sound. I'm always pondering the notion of synth artists playing more live shows. Any plans?

ALAN: Yes, definitely! I would love to see more Synthwave artists take their music to the stage. I had the honor of performing with Arcade High and Bourgeoisie earlier this year. It was an amazing show! We need more of that!

CHRISTOPHER:  OH man I'm really into the live thing.  I've been out touring doing FOH and really want to put together a great sounding and looking show.  That idea makes me happy.  Any electronic visual artists out there want to do something?



Thanks for talking with me! Looking forward to new releases from you guys. Any final words?

Alan: Thank you. We're excited to share more music with you.


Christopher:  Thanks!  I am happy and humbled people are interested in what we are creating.


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