Retrocution: Special “Summer of 84” Edition!

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A few weeks ago, the then-new episode of the Vehlinggo podcast introduced me to Montreal synth duo Le Matos. Host Aaron Vehling had brought producers Jean-Nicolas Leupi and Jean-Philippe Bernier on the show to talk about their work on the new retro thriller, Summer of 84; the duo had composed and performed the film’s score, while Bernier also served as its cinematographer. With the description of the film and song samples that Leupi and Bernier offered up on the show, I was, to put it mildly, intrigued.

I jumped into the score immediately, but it took me until just this past weekend to actually sit down and watch Summer of 84. So, this edition of Retrocution is going to focus on both: a tremendous, tension building collection of cinematic synthwave tunes, and the decent-but-not-great nostalgia trip that can’t quite match up with them. Continue reading

Retrocution: GOST returns with “She Lives in Red Light”

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Still exhausted from the length of our last Retrocution post? I know I am. Well, fortunately for all of us, this post won’t be 700+ words long. After all, this time out, we’re covering a single, rather than a full album. The track in question? The newest Century Media signee, GOST, who returned this past week with the single, “She Lives in Red Light.” Hit the jump and dig in with us… Continue reading

Retrocution: Dance With the Dead’s “Loved to Death”

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I’m going to start this post by talking about a Missouri sludge band called The Lion’s Daughter. Now, this may seem like an odd way to start a post that is, ostensibly, about California synthwave duo Dance with the Dead and their new album, Loved to Death, but bear with me here… Continue reading

Retrocution: Duett’s “Cycles”

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Duett released full-length No. 3, “Cycles,” on August 13.

Welcome to the first edition of Retrocution! In this series, we’ll be presenting our favorite highlights from the worlds of synthwave, retrowave, dreamwave…hell, there are too many sub-genres to even begin to cover at this point. Let’s just call it “”80s-style synthesizer music,” shall we? That stuff. That’s what we’ll be covering here. To kick things off, let’s look at an album that just dropped this past week: Duett‘s new full-length, Cycles. Continue reading