It was about ten to fifteen years ago when I remember synth-pop was starting to become popular again. The popularity of genres can come in waves and I remember when bands like Cut Copy, Wild Nothings, The Chromatics, M83 and many other bands started to make that '80s synth pop sound popular again.
Far West is a synth-pop/indie-pop/dreampop project and certainly falls in this category. The music on Carry Through is created with airy synths, steady grooves and catchy melodies. Up first is the title track and it is a pretty explosive song all things considered. I definitely felt this was M83 territory.
The mood is hopeful, exuberant and generally optimistic sounding, I was a little surprised how buried the vocals were. It was hard to make out the lyrics but you could argue that is part of the aesthetic. At any rate the song ends with a crescendo before the wave crashes for the last couple of seconds.
“A Little Bit Hazy” is a song that could have been on a Drive soundtrack. I was getting imagery of Ryan Gosling driving in his car with that stoic look of his. The verse infectious and the chorus really is quite dynamic going for a very hopeful and epic type of energy. I will say that the guitar work at times reminded me of something you might hear from The Edge of U2.
You could argue “Thunder” is the most single worthy track. The super joyous vibes, not unlike Passion Pit, are covered throughout the whole song. I would say the formula remains largely the same with a more subdued verse and explosive chorus that tries to be huge, epic and almost like you have reached the most intense joy you can experience.
Last but not least is “Let It Slip.” There is just a tinge of stoic nostalgia on this song that I really enjoyed. I thought it was a good way to end the release.
This is a seamless and cohesive release. It’s also straightforward if you are a fan of the genre and appreciate some of the aforementioned artists. This is synth-pop done through the scope of good songwriting. Take a listen.
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