My word how often did I listen to that last Synkro album Changes? Too many times. One of the nicest tracks on it was one of the most ambient so it's encouraging to see him veer into more ambient territories for this new LP. Like many Joe McBride has become immersed in vintage synths and explores them fully here. Could be a good one this.
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Electronic music to my ears relies mostly on atmospheres to get me through. I can appreciate the intricate beat work of the likes of Autechre or Aphex Twin but the albums I tend to mark as keepers are the ones that take me on an emotional journey. One such album was Synkro's 2015 album Changes. One of those records where the evocative synths and rain sodden melodies resulted in what I'd describe as a 'northern hillside vibe'
I'm absolutely delighted to report that the Derbyshire producer's follow up Images is more of the same. He has a way of taking the thick, syruppy soundscapes of Burial and relocating them to north of the Watford gap. Tracks like Fields immediately conjure up a kind of dark satanic majesty by way of Boards of Canada style synths, thumping beats and the odd shard of vocal cutting through. The title track carries on where certain tracks on Changes left off with lovely super sized basslines joined by sweeping synth tones the result being not all that far away from what Ulrich Schnauss was producing on his Far Away Trains Passing By masterwork.
But if you are thinking that this is some limp, easy listen coffee table electronica then Synkro leaves in enough of the dark industrial, enough of the roots of techno and house amongst his melodious compositions. Images is full of full fat synth work, nods to 80s new age as well as 90s Warp - fired electronica and retains the same rural landscapes as it's predecessor. Music to drive over the Pennines to, basically.
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