The Wonderland Massacre (smart) is the first album brought to us by Alpha Waves Blisters. The Wonderland Massacre is a diptych and will be consisting of (smart) and (nude) but in this review we will only be taking a look at (smart). The mastermind behind the production is solo artist Adder W. Blake who has released and mastered his own album. The proof of Blake’s origins is apparent in his vocals; his French accent adds a foreign twist to his electro-esque vibes. Also, his ability to play multiple instruments adds depth to the tracks as they include sounds from keyboards synths, various percussions, vocals and a lot of mixing. The sound of the album falls somewhere in the genre that also includes bands like Air, The Cure, and New Order, which Blake proclaims, is one of the biggest influences behind the sound of Alpha Waves Blisters.
The song “Away” starts with an upbeat electro beat accompanied by percussion before diving into some really catchy vocals that keep the song moving progressively through the memorable beats. Some of the songs on the album can also be classified in the industrial music genre, being a bit heavier with scratchy vocals, which can remind one of bands like Placebo; the song “Jack in Flames” fits that character. “Sky Connexion Fail” is reminiscent of late 80’s electro-rock; the song is short but very upbeat the entire time and also has a little bit of a punk-vibe.
The next song “Multiple Me” is a song that has an intriguing chorus and conjures a world that is high-speed and digitalized, perhaps one of a retro video game. Blake also showcases a softer side with the slower track “Jack 2.0” where piano riffs open the song. Even though the song is not as fast as most of the others on the album, “Jack 2.0” still has a strong beat for listeners to hold on to as Blake talks about a relationship situation. Blake definitely showcases his talents as a solo-artist on this album, and this is just the beginning for the young artist.
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