Review: step into Waveshaper’s latest synthwave LP, Mainframe

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It wasn’t too long ago that we had the pleasure of hearing Waveshaper and his unique synthwave single, ‘Friends Again’. The single (you can read our full write up on it here) was shared ahead of the producer’s latest album, Mainframe which hit the airwaves just last week. The single appears fairly early in the album preceded only by the darkly ethereal song ‘The Phantom Machine’ which received a premiere from Heavy Blog Is Heavy just ahead of the LP’s release. 

The rest of the album varies across the realms of synthwave, venturing into lighter tones in ‘Signals in the Night’ before coming to a rest at ‘Save Room’. Here’s a moment to rest your mind: the pillowly soundscapes providing reprieve and a chance to rest your mind before you’re launched into the remaining album. ‘Save Room’ was also picked up by NPR Music who added it to their playlist rotation.

In the last half of the synthwave journey, we encounter the previously released single ‘Lost In The Cloud’ (which was picked up by Reverbs) followed by ‘The Hive’ with it’s perfectly executed, almost rigid tones. ‘Artificial Promises’ is dripping with nostalgic scepticism and help alight by the flowing electronic tones. Ending on ‘A Sense of Something’, we get the impression that the producer isn’t afraid to experiment as unusual as the tone final changes to slightly fuzzy electronics. Perhaps a fade out to the universe created?

‘Lost In the Cloud’ & ‘Friends Again’ feature on the Spotify playlist WAVE_GROUND

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