Synthwave is making some serious traction across the board. The mix of 80’s retro synths, massive soundscapes and John Carpenter throwbacks are turning everyone into a dance crazed mindless zombie like you’d find in They Live. Nowadays it’s not uncommon to see artists like Perturbator and Carpenter Brut infiltrating rock and metal lineup, showing that there’s something for even the staunchest metalhead to enjoy.
Taking influence from both metal and Synthwave, producer Remi Gallego, also more commonly known as The Algorithm, has produced his first EP 直線移動 under a new alias Boucle Infinie. From the first glance of the cover art, you can expect to hear the standard Synthwave tropes, which is not necessarily a bad thing. However that’s where 直線移動 catches you off guard.
Alongside the dreamy retro/Synthwave aspects of the record, outside influences of Post rock, metal and IDM give the songs texture of epic proportions. One of the record’s highlight being the Depeche Mode worship track Inside. Featuring guest vocals from Philippe Charny, you could easily slip this into an 80’s playlist without anyone being none the wiser.
Whilst sticking to the formula laid out before him, Boucle Infinie has created quite possibly one of the best Synthwave records to date. A record that could even gives leading artists a run for their money. A must have purchase.