Zombi – 2020

As synthwave hit its stride over the past few years, it’s largely been a flood of the club-friendly, dancy variety. Acts like GosT, Carpenter Brut, Com Truise, Dan Terminus, and many, many others have carried the mantle, populating the scene with producers who fit a generally homogenous archetype. Somewhere along…

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Release Day Roundup – 7/17/20

Editor’s Note: Longtime reader Remi VL is a regular guest contributor to our Release Day Roundup posts! He submitted several of the albums listed below. Join his Facebook group for more recommendations. Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and…

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Pinkish Black – Concept Unification

Bringing “the heavy” in new and interesting ways is tough, but Texas duo Pinkish Black have a way of making it sound easy. Frighteningly dark and drenched in desperation, they evoke everything from the more obvious horror-tinged vibes to ephemeral, unsettling tension. They’re never really heavy in the sense of…

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Maserati – Rehumanizer

There are few bands who can drastically alter the character and quality of their sound mid-stream and pull it off. It’s a huge risk that can alienate your fanbase and utterly destroy any momentum or success you had built to this point. Thankfully for Georgia post-rock group Maserati, that drastic evolution in their…