Nightcrawler - Phantom Planet
Released off label 2016
Nightcrawler is here once more and is ready to shove some spooky tunes down our throats just in time for the best damned holiday of the year: Halloween. Released near the end of September, the synth/retrowave producer Nightcrawler released his latest single Phantom Planet via Bandcamp. As always, the art that comes along with the EP is stellar: a spaceship is flying towards a moon which has an imprinted skull upon its surface. Most people would take their ship and fly in the complete opposite direction, but this lone space adventurer is going into the dark territory for one reason or another. Now, there are a million and a half stories that can be built off the cover art, but I'll stop there and let you guys create your own.
'Phantom Planet' is a smooth and perfect synthwave song that reminisces the neo-wave of 80s inspired producers. It's bouncy, catchy, and perfect for a dancefloor where someone may or may not be stabbed in the back like in a giallo. The song also features fellow electronic purveyor Mynationshit on vocal duties. His robotic voice adds to the sci-fi mythology built within the track.
Attached to this single are three more remixes. The first remix done by Mynationshit himself puts the drum machines forward and the synths on the lower end. It pretty much takes the original version of 'Phantom Planet' and flip flops it. Italo-disco and Giallo Disco Records veteran WLDV took the reigns on this single and put less focus on vocals, and more on the electronics. With different pads and a more dance oriented approach, Antoni Maiovvi made a killer extended remix of the lead track.
Phantom Planet is a fun, quick ride through the eighties and - as stated earlier - will fit perfectly on any soundtrack meant for your next Halloween party. If it doesn't get someone dancing, it will at least get the nearest murderous maniac in the mood to slash some hapless teens. So, beware!
Oct 26 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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