Rainbows in the Dark: Aru — “Fighting Hatred”

We got a quick one for you today, folks.  French synthwave veteran and Lazerdiscs newcomer Aru put out a new track called Fighting Hatred that builds on the dark, dreamlike atmosphere and the French Touch style that he has been known for since he started writing synthwave songs at the tender age of fourteen.  His nostalgic brand of upbeat and ethereal pop has been featured on a number of compilations and zines and even on national TV in France.  High accolades, but it’s well deserved and it’s what drew Lazerdiscs to ARU in the first place.

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VIDEO Retrocution: DEADLIFE — “City of Eternal Rain”

Retrocution is back! And in video format! This time, we’re taking a look at DEADLIFE‘s new album, City of Eternal Rain.

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RETROCUTION: Billy Mays Band premieres new track, “Videostore”!

Billy Mays Band’s new album, Introspection, releases on August 30 via Lazerdiscs Records.

On Friday, Lazerdiscs Records announced Introspection, the debut album from French synth act Billy Mays Band. Over the album’s eight tracks, producer Kevin — nope, he’s not actually named Billy Mays — concocts an entertaining blend of synthwave and retro guitar rock. In an increasingly crowded synth landscape, it winds up being quite a memorable listen.

Ahead of the album’s release on August 30, Nine Circles is pleased to share a premiere of Introspection‘s second track, “Videostore.” Hit the jump to give it a listen!

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RETROCUTION: FM-84’s Ollie Wride goes solo with “Thanks in Advance”

Welcome back to Retrocution, everyone. If you’re as much of a synthwave junkie as I am, you’ll be well aware that I’m just a bit behind with the subject of this week’s post. See, FM-84 vocalist Ollie Wride released his solo debut, Thanks in Advance, on NewRetroWave Records way back on July 19. And while I listened to it…okay, basically right at midnight when it hit Bandcamp…formulating my opinion on it has taken a bit longer. In the end, though, I think taking a bit of extra time with the album paid off.

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RETROCUTION: The Affirmation’s “My Way Home” helped me dig deeper into synthwave. Plus: a NewRetroWave Records charity bundle!

Do you ever just look at an album cover and know you’re gonna like what’s inside? Now, I realize this doesn’t actually make much sense — the cover art, despite what a certain weekly feature of mine would suggest, ultimately has no bearing on the music that comprises its album. Coincidence or not, it’s been happening to me a lot lately, and you can add The Affirmation in as the latest example. The Blade Runner-esque cover of their debut full-length, My Way Home, instantly caught my eye, setting the table perfectly for what ended up being a pretty excellent collection of tunes within.

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