Neon Lies- Loveless Adventures
Latest from our favorite minimal-wave wizard from Zagreb, Croatia! Released in the last summer of 2020, a thing which is out on both vinyl, CD, and cassette! 9 tracks, 28 minutes of sheer naked aggression and angst from some big-city made out of steel and concrete!
The first track Drugz (notice the Z!) takes you instantly back to early Front 242 and Fad Gadget, a lovely thumping drum-rhythm, cold analog synths, and doom-laden male-vocals with nice echoed effects... a song about losing your lover simply for the drug(z) people!...
The second track Hideaway continues the cold rhythms with more upbeat synth-melodies, more dancy and infectious! Love the almost cherry melody hidden in there, a VERY good track that ( in my opinion ) should have some radio-play... What we could call an underground dance hit here!
Third track Down... Is a track that gets... further down. Thumping and pulsating electronic-minimalism caught in a loop. And wait there is more, some in there sounds like the stroke of guitar strings?... Might just be a cool sound effect (now that I think of it!). Lovely sounds lurking in the background in this track here.
The fourth track Learn, has a more atmospheric approach than the other tracks, again with those infectious boot-stomping rhythms. Again, with a lovely moody melody which heightens the listening experience.
The fifth track Insecurity is a hypnotizing piece with constant synth-waves/keys with a lovely synth-bass. It a bit like early Orchestral Maneuvers In The Dark, just with less focus on the song and more focus on the sound aesthetic.
The last track I will review is the last track on the album simply called Lights. The slowest and the heaviest track on the album. One of the tracks on the album which (for some reason) I would love to hear how it would sound if this electronic-track was done on real instruments... just curious. A good track without a doubt, any post-punk bands willing to do a cover of this excellent track?!.
As you can read, I am glad. And I bloody love this album, and so should you. Why?. Because I say so... it offers melodies, blood, sweat, and tears (Not the soul band!). The raw analog synth sound is perfect, and the effect-laden vocals are just cool. Perfect cyberpunk sound for whatever our future might hold for us.