One-Liners Reviews

One-Liners: FM Attack, Automelodi, Waveshaper, Drinker, DJ Ten & By An Ion

It’s another One-Liners for you, filled to the brim with five resonant gems. The gems resonate so much that you might have to call this week’s column a two- or even three-liner. I’ll stop now. Here’s the music:

FM Attack – ‘Dark Blue Sky’

Synthwave pioneer FM Attack — he whose name emerged from Ryan Gosling’s lips — is poised to release New World, the follow-up to his excellent 2017 album Stellar. Lead single “Dark Blue Sky” is a beautiful blend of classic FM Attack, such as Dreamatic and Deja Vu, with some new tricks. The colorful synths, arpeggiated and dreamy guitars, Shawn Ward’s comforting vocals, and the driving disco backbeat are a breath of fresh air.

Waveshaper – Artifact

Swedish synth composer Waveshaper is back with an engaging intergalactic adventure — a deeper, more emotionally complex instrumental journey than we’ve experienced from him heretofore. Highlights includes “The Guardian,” “Legacy,” and “Peaceful Morning.”

Automelodi – Mirages au futur verre​-​brisé

The Montreal-based dark synth-pop duo blend intuitive sound design, detached synths, and cold and cavernous drums with engaging Francophonic vox to expel unto the world some of the best electronic music we have right now. Holodeck Records released this album just last week.

Drinker – Fragments

Drinker’s debut album is a culmination of their acoustic and electronic blend of subdued soundscapes blessed with poignant songwriting. Producer and film composer Ariel Loh and singer-songwriter Aaron Mendelsohn have proven themselves over the years to be a truly fantastic team. This album is a must-buy.

DJ Ten & By An Ion – ‘Eternal’

Longtime synthwave artist/NewRetroWave founder DJ Ten and collaborator By An Ion make some delectable magic on the second single from forthcoming album We Dream Aloud. Let yourself fall deep into the dreamscapes.

(Editor’s Note: As established in this post, the One-Liners column is a concise but meaningful way to highlight Vehlinggo-recommended releases. It’s not exactly weekly, but it can be. Check out the most recent one.) Oh my! And smell the “Lavender.”

(Feature Photo: Cover art for FM Attack’s New World by Brotherhood.)