What a time to be alive! What’s old is new and what’s new is old! I received this excellently nostalgia driven album and at first listen couldn’t wait to hear it in it’s entirety.
Trickster’s Paradise Album Info
The album contains 14 regular songs and 2 bonus tracks. The running length is about 72 minutes.
The album’s production started in January 2016. It formerly had the working title „The January Project“.
Because of different themes on some of the tracks, the project was splitted into two projects.
One released as „North Wall“ in April 2016. The remaining songs where then used along with others
in the newest Release „Trickster’s Paradise“. The vocals on the album where written and sung by
Dana Jean Phoenix. The image for the cover artwork was made by visual artist Kuldar Leement.“
All of the tracks have this distinct videogame vibe going on. Almost as though they were created to be part of a sweet arcade side scroller.
Now, into the nitty gritty>
The first track, Gravity Wave starts with a beautiful flourish that continues to set the vibe. Very rich marriage of acoustic piano and synth tones that does indeed wash you over cleansing your aural pallet for what is to come!
Charlatan has got an epic italo disco sound to it that is super welcome to hear. You can tell that Compilerbau has done his homework. All the proper elements of synthwave are present and it’s one of those tunes that is at home in any playlist.
Moving forward a bit, Nomad featuring none other than Dana Jean Phoenix brings a great attitude to this album, the first of three tracks featuring vocals. The listener gets an understanding as to why we’re listening to a release by the name of “Trickster’s Paradise”. The instrumentation all sounds very tricky and like it’s got something up its sleeves. Great song and excellent use of vocals.
As I continued to listen each idea was continuously reinforced with each passing track. Attention to detail is present!
The album as a whole clocks in at over an hour, making this ideal for a long late night drive or commute.
With a studio looking as grand as this it’s hard not to see why the end product was so authentic, just a great example of what modern technology infused with retro influence can do.
Favorite Track- Nomad
Album score- C+
I’ve come to this score because while polished, the album did feel quite repetitive and longer than needed to be. Still a passing grade, still listenable, not the worst thing ever and some tracks could turn into synthwave staples.
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