RIYL: Twin Shadow, Yaz, Lace Curtain

Label: Night School

You may have heard the name David West floating through your favorite music forums over the years from his various indie pop projects, the synth-led Lace Curtains to the melancholy guitar-driven Rat Columns.  Each group explores the vast subgenres of the 1980s and succeeds in grabbing the good bits and leaving out the bad ones.  You’ll hear influences from all over the map, ranging from The Smiths to Yaz to Yo La Tengo.  Now, West is adding yet another group to the party, the synth pop-influenced Liberation.

Newest track Leaves Falling shimmers and sparkles with studio polish.  The drum machine has an aggressive punch and the staccato synths practically pop out of your speakers.  Looking For a Lover adds darker atmospheres that groups like Depeche Mode finessed, but Liberation adds contemporary twists and turns along the way.  Similar to emo synth wonder Her Space Holiday, West’s vocals add a vulnerable frailty to Liberation’s sound, neutralizing the more aggressive songs with a feminine touch.

Night School Records has 500 copies of the album on black vinyl after the ‘buy’ link.  Dance through the portal if you must.

The Details

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.

Price $15.5

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