A connoisseur of vintage synths and keyboards, Wavewulf is an experimental artist to watch out for. Smooth production mixed with gargantuan soundscapes make for a unique and exciting take on electronic music. His ethos is just as wide as his music, basing his current album on concepts of the universe and the soul, of life and death and the human condition. He also used the tragic loss of his parents as inspiration, with songs that have all-encompassing feelings of desolation, awareness and poignant sadness, balanced out with songs that feel like a celebration of their lives, showing how much they meant to him. When you know the context it really gives you a whole new perspective when listening again. It hits differently.
Wavewulf really picks up on a variety of inspirations for his music, from David Bowie to Brain Eno. There are also references to video games and movies from the 80s and 90s as well as a particular proclivity for Depeche Mode, whose music started Wavewulf on his path to becoming the musician he is today.
The album was a joy to listen to; with no two songs being the same, I really felt like I was being taken on a journey through time and through Wavewulf’s mind. It was removed yet personal at the same time. I specifically enjoyed ‘Waverunner Symphony’ and ‘Ghosts Of The Past’. ‘Waverunner Symphony’ was a great taster into what the album was going to feel like. Crafted layers with perfect tension and release build ups, classic electro-pop beats that put you right in ‘Stranger Things’ and, of course, the display of his vast synth collection steals the show. It is clear, when you hear each intricately placed melody, that this is a seasoned and talented musician.
‘Ghosts of The Past’ is what really displayed his prowess, however. Managing to create the scale of a current-day blockbuster movie soundtrack, but hone in on a ‘Tron’ feel, this song feels like it crawled out of a dystopian film. Bouncing synths with an airy atmosphere lure you into a false sense of security leading you to the trap of a gorgeous, gritty bassline that hits unexpectedly until you realise that this is exactly what the song needed. The element of danger and depth really takes the song somewhere new and the impact is immense, just from the bassline, let alone his signature soundscape layers that play the imagination with ease. Minor keys interrupt the track, filling you with unease and it is just the epitome of Wavewulf as an artist, unpredictable yet spot on.
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