Ghosts of Invention - Galactic Shadows Release date: October 5, 2017
"Synthwave" is not exactly the most-listened-to category of music in my playback history, nor am I big fan of electronic music in general. But friend of the blog/podcast Alex Hindriks (you might remember him from Alternative Airwaves #94) sent along a link to a new 7-track concept album featuring some cool, spacey electronic music. I found myself liking it a lot!
Hindriks, creating the music as Ghosts of Invention, describes the album on his BandCamp page:
This record is a collection of sounds and tunes that remind me of what it would be like to travel through space. In a way, this is a concept album; with most songs having a constant, non-melodic soundscape filling in the space behind them. I started writing this record shortly after David Bowie passed away; which was also around the time I was watching a lot of films based in space.
I happened to read the description first before listening, and I'm glad I did, because I found that it informed my listening experience quite a bit. I think GoI does a great job re-creating that "travelling through space" feel and you can easily lose yourself in the music. I was actually recently listening to a few other 80's-inspired synth music (the Stranger Things soundtrack chiefly among others) and this lines up quite well with them.
I first listened through the album while at work, and I thought it did a great job at moving me through the work I was doing.
I highly recommend checking out "Galactic Shadows", especially if spacey synth music is your thing.
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