Soulless Computer Boy and the Eternal Render
New Retro Wave
Those dreamy eyed, nostalgia cup filling, digital synth maestros at New Retro Wave Music have pulled another gem out of the hat with Soulless Computer Boy and The Eternal Render. A new groove is adopted, and the loverboy emotive warblings of a man's inner me is given the stage for some deep and soulful melodic pop opera. The opening track throws us right in, and with our ears wide open and the taste for juicy fruit electronic sounds already wetting our lips, the slightly new flavour is like a spoon of the slightly better stuff.
More edges are crafted and the tone draws on work from before, a pulsing bass throbs like it should do, and still the r'n'b esque lyrical delivery masks the coldness in the innards of the computer. The breath of life, in the following of the sensations, allows the scoring to become more than just a blippy keyboard demo. This is what the New Retro Wave is doing so well.
The fact that when we go to look for information about the artist, we find nothing, only makes the music more appealing. We are given no hint about what drives his creative flare, and this is an expression of art too, in the lack of something to identify the music to. I like this, no point judging what we cannot understand. For me, I feel a spirit of playful childishness fused with a passion to do the right thing, and get on with the difficult stuff, as long as there's a decent soundtrack.
The Trevor Something website does have lots of groovy art, based on digital concepts, and all rooted in the 1990s style desktop (At the time of writing). A simplistic and yet dynamic and punchy energy orders the otherwise random collection of images, each with a soul of their own. The fact we know nothing of the soul of the artist is irrelevant, when it can be felt in the work produced. Only, we cannot ever put it in words.
This refreshing album in the middle of summer delivers just the right amount of each ingredient, the compositions are well rehearsed, mixed down to the edge of perfection, and given that sprinkling of magic from reviewers like me to get the ball rolling.