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...
Where is my son, and what have you done with him?
Posted by: Suzanne Apgar | Tuesday, 12 January 2021 at 08:13 PM
This sounds right up my alley. I just discovered Vandal Moon last month and really like what I’ve heard so far. Going to check out these other artists. What do you think of Timecop1983?
Posted by: Nicole | Tuesday, 12 January 2021 at 10:45 PM
This has quickly become one of my favorite genres. So glad you like it.
I don't remember if you're on Spotify, but the Retrowave/Outrun playlist has a good mixture.
Posted by: Kevin Spencer | Wednesday, 13 January 2021 at 08:30 AM
I might have to go check some of these artists/albums out. I liked the Vandal Moon you suggested last year (just didn't listen to it enough to make my 2020 list).
Bandcamp is a great place to get some great music. I've purchased about 4 albums a year from there the last couple of years.
Posted by: Marty Mankins | Wednesday, 13 January 2021 at 11:04 AM
They’re on my list to listen to but nothing yet.
Posted by: kapgar | Wednesday, 13 January 2021 at 12:03 PM
I’m on Spotify but don’t do too much probing. I’ll check that one out. Spotify overwhelms me more often than not.
Posted by: kapgar | Wednesday, 13 January 2021 at 12:04 PM
Sounds pretty equal to my purchase rate. Although I’m looking for cassettes a lot. Heh.
Posted by: kapgar | Wednesday, 13 January 2021 at 12:09 PM