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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