Damokles returns with another vibrant and deeply enjoyable retro listening experience.
Beckett returns with a remarkable genre blend delivered with brilliant melodies.
An in-depth look at the history, present, and future of the synthwave genre.
The Top 10 Synthwave Albums of 2017, including links to in-depth reviews of each entry.
Rating: 86 / 100 “Archeosynth is an undeniably spirited and original creation that succeeds in the artist’s goal to create a synth-based exploration of themes of ancient civilizations. The result is a satisfying conceptual voyage into history, science fiction, and superstition. The bold innovation and undeniable technical skill on display make Archeosynth one of the most remarkable albums of the year, even if some of its songs tend to be more rewarding than others.”
Rating: 90 / 100 “Beckett creates a musical voyage on Five that transports the listener to sun-soaked beaches, neon-hued dance clubs, and thrilling sporting events. It is the soundtrack to an unforgettable vacation, and it captures the essence and nostalgia of the ‘80s better than efforts from nearly all of Beckett’s contemporaries.”
Rating: 87 / 100 “Ace Marino’s dedication to the heart of synthwave music and his skillful implementation of the style is a welcome contribution to a scene that has increasingly lost touch with its roots. The result is a piece of ’80s-infused synth nostalgia that can be enjoyed and revisited numerous times.”
Rating: 92 / 100 “Retro enthusiasm radiates from the core of every song on Time Machine like the backdrop of a neon-hued discotheque. It beckons to the listener with infectious funk rhythms, brassy synthesizer melodies, and an irrepressibly positive attitude.”
Rating: 49 / 100. “Meteor has somehow taken a step back to simpler, less energetic songwriting with fewer surprises, leaving the listener to struggle through repetitive beats and prosaic melodies that rarely aspire to be anything more than ordinary.”