Mono Memory - 85
Released off label 2016
Even if you didn't live in the 80s or weren't born in that era, the style, pizzazz, and overal influence that era had in both pop culture and music is stunning and awe-inspiring. Mono Memory is one of the many synthwave projects inspired by one of the best decades in modern history, and their brand of synthwave is a testimony to that. Their latest EP is simply titled 85' and is accompanied by the above video. Before you decide to continue reading this review, I implore you to click the play button above and watch that montage video.
Anyway, the EP kicks off with 'Early Reflections' whose beautiful synths will bring you across a Miami sunset, with high school makeout sessions going on at the most popular spot, where muscle bound lads are over by the beach working out, and where Madonna dominates the 80s pop culture scene.
'Voyager' is more or less a song that will take you into the action films that Stallone and Schwarzenegger made absolutely famous in the eighties. The guitar, faster pace, and overall beefed up sound of the song will make you want to throw on Commando or Rambo where the guns are blazing and the henchman can't shoot shit.
'Crystal Beach' ends of the EP on a calmer, cleaner note. It's harmonious, sublime, and overall cooling to listen to this final track. However, the fourth track is an amazing eleven and a half minute edit of the entire EP. While I love each track on their own, listening to the entire edit is definitely the way to go. Plus, it has a few special intros and transitions in the mix.
80s influenced. 80s made. 8 out of 10. I can't wait for the next one from this guy.
Aug 05 2016
Official release released by the artist themselves without the backing of a label.
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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