Dark , and truly authentic sounding 80’s synthwave pop from Berlin’s Vorderhaus. Brain-child of Mark Vorderhaus whose previous incarnation was The Detox Twins. A record for purists, but also just synthwave lovers who like it done really well. Heavy Kraftwerk influences and Apparat Organ Quartet esque synthline. Debut album on Polytechnic Youth.
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Are you dissatisfied with the entire state of modern music? Do you yearn for the days of the ‘golden era of culture’ that was the 80s? Can you really be that arsed to listen to another guitar and drum kit, those fusty old instruments that your uncle and auntie play country music on the porch with? Well if you’ve said yes to any or ideally all of the above, this dark synthpop album here is your saviour. Or the whole Polytechnic Youth catalogue. Oh and did you hear about Deep Distance too? Ghost Box? Hell, there’s a bunch of them.
Vorderhaus is not a band but the second name of sole musician Mark who makes music that’s uncannily reminiscent of the yonder days of Depeche Mode, The Cure and Gary Numan but with a bit more of a DIY approach in some of the production and a bit more goth / EBM. Massive gated snare drums, for instance, are nowhere to be seen (thank God - I think we know where to go if we want them). Fizzy sawtooth synth lines play out octave-leaping basslines and soaring hooks while Vorderhaus’ restrained voice recites verses coolly from behind the curtain.
This is really a love or hate thing I reckon. If you’ve got a taste for those classic 80s gothic synthpop sounds then it’s absolutely perfect. The synth tones, the songs themselves, all pretty great. But there are undoubtedly some who will approach this with a cynical ear and symbolic of a push further into the cultural cycle that we seem to be currently stuck in.
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