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Au­to­mated Re­frains

BLOODMUSIC Syn­th­wave’s takeover con­tin­ues… with pan­pipes How can you im­prove upon the knock­out for­mula laid down by Per­tur­ba­tor, Car­pen­ter Brut and their un­der­ground-con­quer­ing ilk? Added pan­pipes, moth­er­fucker. Chances are you’ll have taken one glance at the For Fans Of sec­tion and al­ready worked out whether you’ll fall for Dan Ter­mi­nus’s keyed-up, 80s-pow­ered charms or not, and to be fair – ex­tra wood­wind aside – there’s not ex­actly a whole lot here that syn­th­wave afi­ciona­dos won’t al­ready be over­fa­mil­iar with. But, hon­estly, who cares when it’s this god­damn bril­liant? Au­to­mated Re­frains is the per­fect sound­track to the ac­tion se­ries you never knew ex­isted, from the ma­raud­ing, eight-bit-friendly stomp of Fall Of

The An­cient World (se­ri­ously, dose pan­pipes, doe), to the break­neck, Space In­vaders-on-acid rave of Mar­gar­i­tifer, to the sump­tu­ous, sun­set-and-chill vibes of Dirge Of

The An­cient Ma­chines. Lush. Syn­th­wave is tak­ing over, 8 and we are here for it. FOR FANS OF: PER­TUR­BA­TOR, LAZERHAWK, JAN HAM­MER


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