For those of you who don’t know Ace Buchanon or the creator behind it, Vesa- he is a prolific member in the synth scene and a very vocal source of information and fun. Always willing to lend a hand out, always humorous. All around excellent human being. He has touched me personally and this review is difficult to do objectively. However, I will try my best to give you a rundown of what to expect before jumping head first into the journey that is the debut album from Ace Buchanon, Magenta Nights.
There is no best and worst of this album as it is a solid take on classic styled, back to the roots synthwave. It’s got a hint of all of the elements you’ve come to expect with a twist of modern energy that you will love listen after listen after listen.
Rebirth, a nice intro of what herein lies my favorite album at this moment. It gets you with a slow hard sync’d lead tone that makes you truly feel as though you are being birthed, odd as that is. It’s a great entry to set the mood of all the good that is to come.
If you haven’t heard buns of steel before where have you been? Mixing is glossy and top notch, all of the elements come together to create a very enriching soundscape that grab you by the hand then toss you up into a never ending free flowing sky. Plenty of flair to be found here, this is a track that you will love, joyful hidden sounds are discovered at each and every listen which is a testament to the attention to detail that has been put into this album.
Timelines featuring Noki, this is one of my top 100 favorite tracks of all time synthwave or not. It brings to me a crazy nostalgia of my teenage years watching late night knockoff anime. Whoever this Noki is- her voice and accent just tickle me in the right place. Ace Buchanon definitely knows how to balance air and fullness in his tracks, which is something many people have yet to master. Moments that hold you like your first love and take you in close, makes you feel warm, happy and the thought of release leaves you melancholy.
Mano A Mano harkens to the synthwave that you’ve all come to love and cherish with notes of Gunship, Mitch Murder- the typical elements of synthwave brought together in a non-typical way.
Forbidden dream starts us off with a synth sax solo. Not too uncommon but it really takes the namesake of the track and brings it alive in audio. Forbidden dreams and steamy sax, perfection.
Altogether this makes for a great listening experience and I recommend this to any new listeners to synthwave. This is the culmination of all the good and none of the bad.
Topping the album off that is already chock full of hits is the title track, Magenta Nights. A slick electric guitar, the DX7 tones, all in moderation that climaxes into something really spectacular.
This is an album of love that took a long while to complete due to the creators hesitation. Friend, you should have never of have hesitated on this great mix!
It’s jazzy, it’s zazzy, it’s synthy, it’s beautiful.
If you’re looking for that different yet typical synthwave sound that can get you going track after track, like i said–this is it!
Rating: 9083/100 (Fandiddly tastic)
Song Variety: 10
Motherfuckin’ Saxophone : over 9000
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