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Thursday, August 28, 2014

DANCE WITH THE DEAD DROP AN EPIC ALBUM YOUR YOUR EARS!!

Near Dark by Dance with the Dead



Having already released an album in March, music duo “Dance with the Dead” are back again with another work of retro music art that we have all come to know as “Near Dark.” Fans of the previous two albums (Out of Body, Into the Abyss) will not be let down as this album will take you on another powerful and melodic roller coaster ride (one with an undead theme of course).

The first five tracks are a work of non-stop energy that is put together in a perfect order. The opening song “Invader” sounds like it is giving you a preview of what you are about to experience on this album. Kind of like those appetizer samplers you can get at Applebees only instead of mozzarella sticks, quesadillas and chips you’re getting synth hooks, powerful drums, and guitar shredding. The song “Waves” might be the best song on this album as it has a catchy hook and a drum track that you will never get out of your head similar to other Synthwave epics like “So Electric” by Lifelike & “King of the Streets” by Lazerhawk.


The song “Eye of the Storm” gives you the sad feeling of expecting death. With its long, sad ensemble like sound this song could be playing on your stereo while you see a storm cloud that you know is full of acid rain slowly hovering over your city and you know what’s coming. It serves as a nice break from the non-stop energy you feel from the tracks before it.

The title track “Near Dark” and the song “The Pitt” might just be the two favorites of most Dance of the Dead fans and fans of anything 80s horror. If you were to put this song in the opening credits for a movie such as “Day of the Dead” or “Return of the Living Dead” you would have never guessed that this song was made in the year 2014.


Near Dark may just be Dance with the Dead’s best album yet. They’re still sticking to the horror theme that adds to the chilling but yet groovy vibe of their music and makes them stand out from the rest of the emerging music genre known as New Retro Wave. This album is a future classic and a must own for any fan of electronic music.


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- R. Lopez

THE MIDNIGHT DROPS A NEW ALBUM - HOT OR NOT?

Album Review
The Midnight: Days of Thunder

by
 Andrea Sabiu




 "Top class vocal and lyrics combined with a satisfying and genuine-­‐as-­‐can-­‐be sound that take you on a trip down nostalgia lane.”


Sometimes melding together different music styles brings to life a very unique sound, and that's the case of the Los Angeles based duo formed by Tyler Lyle and iAmData,
 also known as "The Midnight".


Their debut album "Days of Thunder" is a fusion experiment of contemporary electronic dance music with a touch of the 80's retro styled synthesizers, a work of indubitable passion and cure for detail. But without further ado, let me tell you my impressions on this first glimpse of what "The Midnight" has in it's sleeve...
Right from the first track, I immediately felt in a modern styled ambient, very "M83ish"; The sound of the 80's, the synths, the pads, the feeling that Synthwave/Synthpop/Retrowave or however you want to call it generally brings up to it's listeners, is more of a side dish, leaving space to a more prominent dream wave and progressive house setup; This is highly noticeable in the first three tracks. 


The beat is strong and deep, very direct, while the harmony provides a nice spotlight for the voice track. A little side note here: vocals and lyrics don't stand out too much, resulting flat and repetitive at times, but they generally fit well with the music.

The second part, starting from track four *Days of Thunder* , and ending with my personal favorite *Los Angeles*, brings back a more retro styled, almost outrun, musical setup. A couple of well placed synth, guitar and saxophone solos really hit that 80's movie cliché that always feels good to get.
There is still a very persistent EDM touch, that makes the whole thing an interesting new experience to listen to.

Looking at the whole album, it certainly feels like a solid piece of work, my only concern is that every song may be perceived as "stretched", with an average six minutes apiece, it could be easy to get lost in the somewhat repetitive EDM mood, forgetting about the music and reducing it to a mere background setting.
Wrapping it up, "Days of Thunder" is a fresh release, worthy to be played through at least a couple of times, maybe on a slow car ride towards the sunset, enjoying the soundtrack of a movie that only you can see and hear.

Track List
1. The Years (prologue)
2. Gloria
3. WeMoveForward
4. Days of Thunder
5. Kick Drums & Red Wine
6. Los Angeles

Listen Here:


Check out "The Midnight" at: https://themidnight.bandcamp.com/album/days-of-thunder or leave them a comment @TheMidnightLA

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

OUTSTANDING RETRO PICS OF THE FUTURE

ENJOY!












5 OF THE MOST UNIQUE SYNTHWAVE TRACKS



ALL THESE ARTISTS ARE KNOWN TO HAVE A SOUND THAT IS SIGNATURE TO THEM, THAT NO ONE ELSE HAS. THEY RE-INVENT SOUNDS WHICH STILL STAYS TRUE TO THE RETRO EAR!!

LISTEN UP



5. BOURGEOISIE  - "THE ALPHABET CITY ELITE"









4.  DENOVOMUTANS -  "WASTELAND"








3. ORAX  - "FEARS"









2.  MEGA DRIVE - "DATALINE "










1. POWER GLOVE "MOTORCYCLE COP"





EPIC

Monday, August 25, 2014

IT'S OFFICIAL FOLKS - EQUINOX EP IS OUT NOW!!!!


THE TIME IS NOW RETRO LOVERS.

EQUINOX EP IS AVAILABLE FOR FREE STREAMING AND DOWNLOAD ON ON BANDCAMP!!!

 ONLY 450 DOWNLOADS
(LIMITED EDITION)

COVER ART BY THE EXTREMELY TALENT ARIEL  ZUCKER!!!

ENJOY