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Survive: RR7349

During the summer of 2016, the Netflix series Stranger Things was a pretty big hit. The show captured a large audience; Generation Xers like me especially enjoyed turning their attention back to life in the 1980s, its look, feel, music, and mood. I was especially excited to see how Dungeons and Dragons factored into the plot. Watching those kids play D&D brought back memories of long days and even longer nights playing that game with all the excitement and wonder audiences saw represented on the screen.

People also loved the music in the title sequence. That music was created by Survive, an experimental synth quartet with one full-length album under their belt and now this one. This is the band's first release with Relapse Records, a label mostly known for extreme metal bands. As I mentioned in my review of The Album Leaf's latest release, Relapse is right to take a risk on these projects, especially given that so many metal fans are also huge John Carpenter fans. Experimental electronic music can be heavy and challenging in ways that will certainly appeal to metal fans. More broadly, I think plenty of people will enjoy this album if they give it a chance.

The music on this release has multiple moods, ranging from the grim to the wondrous. There are playful moments as well as ambient ones. I've always loved the sound of electronic music and the way different beats help spur things along. Check out the wonder of a track like "Wardenclyffe" and compare it to the much different sound of "Low Fog." The opening track "A.H.B" reminded me the most of the music on Stranger Things but this album should not be confused with the soundtrack to that show. "Dirt" is another interesting, if somewhat trippy, track. I also enjoyed "Cutthroat," the closing track. This is the most 80s-esque track and one that certainly would have belonged in a movie back in the day.

For skeptical listeners, give a few of these tracks a chance. You might discover a new band and a new style. Fans of John Carpenter's soundtracks should feel at home with Survive for sure.

Track Listing:
1. A.H.B.
2. Other
3. Dirt
4. High Rise
5. Wardenclyffe
6. Sorcerer
7. Low Fog
8. Copter
9. Cutthroat

Added: November 18th 2016
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
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Language: english

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