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Released: 02.08.21






Reminiscent in parts of an early 80’s Tomorrow’s World episode about programming a BBC Acorn computer, vintage synth sounds are combined with guitars, pedals and other electronic and analogue bits and bobs to concoct a rhythmic beat and riff-driven nostalgic trip of dare I say hauntological proportions.

Self-released via Bandcamp it’s a follow-up to last year’s self-titled release by Synthetic Villains, aka Richard J Turner, who writes, arranges and plays all of the instruments. It’s playful and mysterious in places but never sinister, other than when the scary circus is invoked during No Funfair, where I imagine Richard is bothered by errant clowns and ventriloquist dummies in his pursuit of the perfect synth pop tune.


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