‘Step into the Light!’: der Mist Demand it

Alternative, Electronic, Indie

Ok! Fine! I’ll Step into the Light! der Mist have convinced me. As long as the Light has lots of der Mist songs being played on a constant loop, then I’ll step in if I must.

It’s a nice feeling to feel welcome in a song. It isn’t der Mist’s aim to alienate, but rather to welcome you in with a pat on the shoulder and a tin to crack open. The Glaswegians, who remind one of both LCD Soundsystem and Franz Ferdinand, seem keenly attuned to what makes a good tune. I doubt they could write out the exact formula, but you get the sense that they know what they’re doing.

That’s a great thing, by the way. Indeed, it’s a hard balancing act to sound at once in control, yet also nowhere near intimidation. You wouldn’t put on ‘It’s Alright’, a track also from their new ‘Step into the Light’ album, to show off your super in-depth musical knowledge. You’d whack it on at a gathering, where the mood needs to stay friendly and fun. If someone touches to aux when I’m trying to Step into the Light, I’ll scream bloody murder.

You wouldn’t be foolish to think that der Mist have a bright future ahead of them. A pathway lit by catchy melodies, embracing chord progressions and some incredibly mixed drums. Maybe their future is bright due to their own Light? But if it’s the same light I’m stepping in to? I’m not happy about that, I want all The Light to myself. Let me step in!

You can follow der Mist in the following places:

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Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRUiiPBHOT05ZzcBKMmVz6Q

Words by PJ Kimber

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‘Space Art and Angels’: Wavewulf’s Cosmic Soundtrack

Electronic, Experimental, Synth

If I wasn’t aware that Wavewulf was from New Jersey, I would’ve assumed somewhere different. Somewhere frustratingly non-specific and vague, like saying you’re ‘from London’ to someone who is also from London – that’s just not enough detail. Wavewulf is from Space, and no amount of conflicting information can convince me otherwise. He says he’s American, but would an alien reveal themselves to the public? No.

‘Space Art and Angels’, the latest release from the synth wizard, feels like it might be the soundtrack for a 90’s sci-fi novel. Ebbing and flowing and pulsing and jittering, a story is told. There is romance, as is heard through the aptly named My One True Love, alongside terror in Venus’s Winter Light III. Warring motifs like these make for a narrative journey, rather than a cobbled-together collection of works. 

The use of real, analogue synths elicits a reaction that I imagine Wavewulf would be pleased with – they’re completely noticeable. Often instruments can get lost in a swamp of over-indulgent song writing, but not here. The synths are allowed to breathe and, in doing so, reveal a deft arranging touch. It can be all too easy to fall in to the trap of adding layer after layer after layer (especially in electronica), but Wavewulf has shown that restraint is a vital part of sculpting a believable fantasy.

Wendy Carlos and Kraftwerk fans rejoice, this is something to bathe in. The textures sound considered and deliberate. Despite its off-world theme, the comfort provided by this album is real and oddly familiar. It’s like decades of sci-fi in film and on TV have given us the context we need to understand the otherworldly Wavewulf. If pop-culture weren’t filled with spaceships and time warps, nebulas and supernovas, maybe Wavewulf would be too confusing. But no, I understand it and I’m glad that I do. Feel free to reveal your true origins, Wavewulf, I know you aren’t from round here (and by ‘here’ I mean Earth).

You can follow Wavewulf in the following places:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/netnik808
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wavewulf/
Website: https://wavewulf.com/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/nicholas-long-10
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/14Ga39ZZGbQatNaqTcaloq
Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGHnDwx0pV_3V9C5FNRHfVg

Words by PJ Kimber

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