Sometimes when the real world has you down, nothing remedies those Monday blues like a deep dive into heady synth territory. The kind of dense, galactic tones that envelope you in analog goodness and galactic electro groove. For me, anyways, that’s the kind of record that acts as a reset button in the brain.
One such album is Dallas Campbell’s EIV, his debut album with Burning Witches Records. EIV is an all-out space synth classic, filled with heady 70s synth, 80s sci fi vibes, and a solid backbone of electro grooves. EIV is a must for anyone that’s ever had a hankering for Komische and Berlin School vibes, or ever fantasized about a 100 year deep space drift.
“During a deep space dive, an R&D team researching multidimensional systems theory makes a discovery. A discovery that sets into motion the fusing of what was human with what is not. Don’t pop your soap bubble. Inspired by the sounds of a Pro One through a tape echo.” –Dallas Campbell
I really couldn’t have described this album any better. This album has the sound of a classic early 80s sci-fi/dystopian movie. The kind you’d find on USA’s Up All Night after a night of partying at 2am. The club beat still ringing in your head intertwining with the synth score on the TV, things start making sense in a very strange way. Campbell works his magic with old school vibes and modern touches. If you’re familiar with his work on The Seven Sisters and The Serpent, Pagoda, or his work with Ogre, then you will lock right into EIV. Even if you’re not familiar, you’ll find some space in your brain where this will fit right in.
“Expanding The Voids” opens EIV with swaths of synthesizers and a slow motion drift that carries you throughout the album. Bits of Tangerine Dream and 80s Klaus Schulze echo in this track, with Campbell’s more modern vibes. “Mutual Occulation” is reminiscent of Pentagram Home Video in the simple rhythm and sparse production. But the mood here is lighter than PHV. It evokes wider spaces and vast worlds intertwined in the stars.
Elsewhere “Duct Tape Flamethrower” has a dance floor vibe in the electro disco rhythm and propulsive synth melody. “Not At All Human” repeats similar motifs, giving us a sense of familiarity and connection throughout the album. “Experiment Terminated” closes the record on a huge note, with sensory overload as swelling electronics lead us out of the space drift we were just in.
EIV is a must for fans of both heavy synth and IDM. Dallas Campbell has made a mini-album of epic proportions; combining bits of classic Berlin School and Krautrock with 70s concept album headiness and 80s sci fi fun. EIV is a blast.
7.7 out of 10
EIV is available now via Burning Witches Records. Buy it here.