Do you remember when media was just entertainment? When you could just pop your feet up at the end of a long day, turn on some TGIF and bask away in the chills and thrills of the cathode ray vortex.
While this speaks entirely of the privilege of being able to take time off of work in the first place, own a television, pay for cable and have your physical needs met enough that you could relax with a clear conscience, it's also kind of nice. There's enough tribulations in life without having to make our pop music, tv and video games into extensive political exercises.
While the recent surge of socially conscious artists has been exciting and invigorating, it's kind of nice to be able to turn it all off, relax and float downstream as with the rather excellent Escaping Reality EP 03 from Germany's TweakerRay.
Escaping Reality EP 03 is a solid addition to the style known as synthwave/outrun. Those who are hip to these neon sounds know what they're in store for - burned-out, blissful analog synths; stomping beats; and retro Atari ambiance. It's like the soundtrack for a particularly epic Commodore 64 game - something like Galaxy Quest - as remixed by J Dilla or DJ Screw.
This is no stylistic exercise, however - there's real songs here, like the martial "Traitor" with its doom-stepping downtempo beats and snarling bass synth, or the trance-inducing album opener "Wired Blocks” coming on like a nuclear sunrise.
If anyone's burned out their John Carpenter soundtracks or are looking for a more interesting score for playing Halo, get on this EPs immediately. For those eagerly awaiting the debut album from Austin's S U R V I V E, who're responsible for the smash soundtrack for Netflix's Stranger Things, here's your chance to have all of your synth needs met. So climb aboard your Light Cycle and set out across the neon chessboard of your dreams!
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