From Valencia, Spain comes Beath. What sounds like the name of one of the jocks from Revenge of the Nerds, from onset it's clear, this guy has a handle on his 80s tuneage. It's not "Miami/Lazer/Retro/Drive", it's better. The artwork for the album like many newcomers to the scene conforms to the norms but the music stands apart. Highly recommended.
Rad Universe out of Chicago not only has a great logo but also has some great tunes up on Soundcloud. "Reflection of Paradise" is just that, an anthem for good times in the hot 80s sun. Check out a few tracks below.
True Lust just released Night Voyeur and if the album art alone doesn't give you an idea of what to expect from the album then let me sum it up for you, killer music. The album takes you on an audio journey casting the listener as the detective on the streets in perhaps a modern remake of Maniac Cop. Maybe you're the hunter, maybe you're the hunted, the album creates a sense of urgency the listener yearns for similar to dusting off and popping in a VHS slasher flick.
When ordered on cassette Night Voyeur includes a screenplay the listener can read by candle light alongside the music on a stormy night. This one is guaranteed to have you looking over your shoulder when walking late night in the parking lot. Don't take my word for it though, here's what Dillan Morton, the man behind True Lust has to say about the album in a brief Q&A with The Electric Touch.
What are the origins of True Lust?
I originally started the project as LUST, back in summer of 2011. After releasing the initial EP, Dark Water, I ended up going into a more collaborative phase over the next year which led to working with Dreams West, George Clanton, and others on a handful of songs. Once the split release with Dreams West was out in 2012, I ended up focussing on writing a full-length and playing shows. Robby Sands joined around that time, originally playing bass guitar for the live set, but that grew into a more involved role of recording on the album in addition to mixing and mastering everything. After we finalized the album around 2015, I really wanted to expand the project to include a screenplay, so I started workshopping ideas and researching how to pull that off. Now that the project is finally seeing the light of day, it feels surreal. I’m looking forward to following this up soon with a few other things in the pipeline.
Where is the scariest place someone could listen to the album from?
Listening in an unlocked car in a foggy parking lot at 3am sounds appropriate. Or alone in your house or apartment with the windows open; preferably drenched in red lighting.
Which 70s or 80s flicks influenced this soundtrack?
I’d say the album and screenplay’s concept was inspired by a handful of Italian giallo films, like A Lizard in a Woman's Skin, crime horror movies such as Manhunter, and 90’s police thrillers like To Live and Die in L.A., Backtrack (Catchfire), Body Double, Basic Instinct. The list could go on and on, haha.
Talk about the screenplay?
Yeah, that was something I decided to bite off after completing the album. Since all of the songs from this release (and previous) play into a narrative, I wanted to finally bring that to life to accompany the soundtrack. This is a first for me, but I had a lot of fun with the learning and discovery involved in writing it.
What do you hope listeners get from the album?
While this is a concept album, I hope the project will invoke any type of strong imagery or feelings. The screenplay defines one way to interpret those themes and tones, but I don’t see it as the definitive experience.
Have a listen/purchase the album below.
The screech of Silver Hawk
Silver Hawk has been on the radar for a few months now and keeps getting better. His latest track, 1984, showcases his talent and knowledge for putting together an authentic 80s sounding groove. Fletch or Axel Foley are on the chase to this one!
Another track worth checking out by him is The Last Street of Frisco. A James Brown sample to kick off the track preps for some serious funk and Silver Hawk delivers.