I’ve become a bit of a Bandcamp junkie of late poking around and picking out some new-to-me bands I really enjoy and following musical subgenres so I can receive notifications of new music.
One subgenre I focused on is “synthwave,” kind of a lighter variant of the “darkwave” I rediscovered last year with Vandal Moon.
I spent yesterday with Gunship and their self-titled 2015 album as well as a few EPs and singles.
I have to give serious love to their Halloween-released cover of The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby.” It’s an amazing track and a beautiful tribute to the isolation we’re all feeling because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first artist I listened to today was Polish synth scientist and guitarist Timedriver and his 2021 release Forever Lost in Time. All music, no vocals. I was in heaven.
Next up were Kansas City, MO, natives Essenger with After Dark. Great synthwave with solid vocals that don’t veer dark.
Finally I checked out Morgan Willis’ Dreamer. The French musician and producer has created what is described as a “synth-pop fairy tale.” I dig it.
I can’t wait to listen to more!
Bandcamp sinks its claws deeper...