3 Songs That Made Me Appreciate Synth Music
About a year ago I found myself bored and scrolling through endless social media wasn’t doing the trick. It just wasn’t satisfying the awful feeling of having nothing to do. Thus, I did what I usually do in these situations, which is try to find some kind of interesting movie to watch. I came across a film called The Guest which is a mystery-thriller that deals with a soldier coming home from war who offers his friendship to his friend’s family who died during combat, but things are not what they seem. This movie was fantastic but what really caught my attention was the soundtrack. The score consisted of all 80’s flavored synthesizer music from various artists such as Survive and Mike Simonetti. I immediately became hooked and listened to hours upon hours of this style of music for weeks. There is this certain tone the music radiates which makes me feel a type of accomplishment and rewarding outlook on life. A music of ease and relaxation that made a bad day at work seem minuscule. Sometimes I even get the sense of being in the decade of the 80’s where life seemed easier. I was only missing a fresh pair of Wayfarer sunglasses and a sleeveless jean jacket to fully fill the part.
Here are my 3 Songs…
Kavinsky – “Nightcall” – Drive Original Movie Soundtrack (2011)
At any point in your life can you relate to the feeling of leaving everything behind, jumping in a slick sports car, and taking off to destination unknown? This is the perfect song for those type of situations. A mixture of simple drum beats, smooth bass lines, and robotic like singing sets the perfect mood for taking a journey to leave everything behind. An ideal choice for relaxation as it also adds a soothing female voice performed by artist Lovefoxxx building the song into an amazing duet. Excellent for long drives at night as the darkness helps clear the mind to find peace and dismiss cognitive thinking.
Magic Sword – “Sword of Truth” – Volume 1 (2015)
This is one of my favorites in the genre due to the fact that no matter what kind of mood I’m in this opera of digital sound can mold me into a mental golden knight. No vocals necessary in this masterpiece as the music alone gives the perception of conquering anything in your path. A stew of special effect bass lines and chilling keyboards embeds me in the mindset of a warrior covered in elegant armor, standing upon a mountain slaying my enemies, and coming out victorious. If digital music existed during the times of the Dark Ages, men would listen to this song while they feast, drink wine, and tell tales that will write history for all to remember.
Trevor Something – “Summer Love” – Trevor Something Does Not Exist (2014)
More of a ballad out of the three, this song consists of a slower A-ha “Take on Me” style of keyboard sound layered with a smooth male voice making it a beautiful love song. The lyrics seal the deal as they remind me of how simple life can be. At a young age Summer was the time of the year. Where you let everything go and had as much fun as you can. Trevor Something describes how easy this is while also wanting a companion by his side. He explains this with the words, “Let’s roll this joint and go to the beach right now, we can just chill out. Let’s go to the park and drop this cid with me, we can stare at the trees, oh yeah. You can be my, my summer love.” First reading this helped me understand how straightforward things can be if you relax and let time run. Everything in life doesn’t have to be complicated, it can…just be…simple.