RIYL: Twin Shadow, Yaz, Lace Curtain
Label: Night School
You may have heard the name David West floating through your favoriteÂ musicÂ forums over the years from his various indie popÂ projects, the synth-led Lace Curtains toÂ the melancholyÂ guitar-driven Rat Columns. Â Each group explores the vast subgenres of the 1980s and succeeds in grabbing the good bits and leaving out the bad ones. Â You’ll hear influences from all over the map, ranging from The SmithsÂ toÂ Yaz to Yo La Tengo. Â Now, West is adding yet another group to the party, the synth pop-influenced Liberation.
Newest track Leaves FallingÂ shimmers and sparkles with studio polish. Â The drum machine has an aggressive punch and the staccato synths practically pop out of your speakers. Â Looking For a LoverÂ adds darker atmospheres that groups like Depeche Mode finessed, but Liberation adds contemporary twists and turns along the way. Â Similar to emo synth wonder Her Space Holiday, West’s vocals add a vulnerable frailty to Liberation’s sound, neutralizing the moreÂ aggressive songs with a feminine touch.
Night School Records has 500 copies of the album on black vinyl after the ‘buy’ link. Â Dance through the portal if you must.
PRE-ORDER: Shipped on or before JUNE 10th
LTD 500, with Download code + printed insert.
Liberation is the latest evolution by David West, a dedicated underground dweller and traveler with his groups Rat Columns and Rank/Xerox and previously spotted in Lace Curtain and Total Control.
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