Maine is a Parisian electronic musician whose deep love affair with analogue synthesisers is bearing rich fruit. IV is the first time his sounds have been released on any physical format, and this eighty minute suite of music impresses with its detailed textural construction. Cassette edition with download code, released in an edition of 100 by Spun Out Of Control.
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7/10 Laurie Staff review, 30 March 2017
Here is a French synthmaker called Maine or perhaps Michel Dupay. Thus far, he’s had 3 li'l EPs released in digital form on the Editions Montparnasse label, and has now managed to assume physical form through the medium of magnetic tape.
A fan of the production styles of the likes of Phil Spector, each of the many tracks on Maine’s fourth album, err, IV, is built up from multiple layers of emotional melodic synth and thick beats, each of which built up from multiple layers. It certainly sounds impressive & polished, with some tasty depth to the synth sounds and some very subtle touches here and there. Some serious early M83 vibes right now, with hints of a more pure-synth take on Dive-era Tycho and dare I also say Jean-Michel Jarre? No, not just because he’s French, Ian.
So this is what they call ‘Synthwave’ then huh. I still struggle with all of the ‘-wave’s. What the hell is ‘No Wave’? For me, it’s a little too sickly in terms of the chords and melodies used, y’know, those dusky sunset chords. But it’s so well made and did I use the word ‘thick’? For serious synth heads.
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