Betamaxx – Lost In A Dreamworld - 2019 Electro Synthwave Synth Pop- Yellow Vinyl - Sealed 180 Grm LP
Betamaxx – Lost In A Dreamworld
Starfield Music – SM008
Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Yellow Translucent
Limited edition on 180g yellow translucent vinyl.
Made with vintage analog and digital synthesizers.
A1 Crimson Silhouette 3:38
A2 Never Sleep Again
Featuring – Vandal Moon
[Vocals] – Blake Voss
A3 Lost In A Dreamworld 4:36
Featuring, [Vocals] – Glitbiter
A5 Vacation 4:38
B6 Opaque Fog 3:34
B7 Stargazer 3:25
B8 No Fun
Featuring, [Vocals] – Mecha Maiko
B9 Disco Dreamgirl 4:01
B10 Getaway 5:02
B11 I'll Walk You Home 3:30
Mastered At – Gem City Mastering
Pressed By – GZ Media – 200830E
Artwork – Mizucat
Mastered By – Steve Gilson
Written-By [Additional Writing], Producer – George Hetzer
(November 21, 2019 vehlinggo.com)
"Pittsburgh-based Betamaxx was a relatively early adopter of synthwave, and certainly could be considered a pioneer of American synthwave, releasing his first songs in early 2012. Although he announced his retirement in 2015, I’m glad he decided to come back. Lost in a Dreamworld, released last month on FM Attack’s Starfield Music, is the second album in this new phase of the artist also known as Nick Morey. It’s also his best album and feels like the one he was meant to make all along.
Synthwave has always been a modern interpretation of the 1980s — a musical distillation of certain people’s sense of nostalgia. There have been some acts that try to accurately replicate the pop of the ’80s in their work — “Hey, this sounds exactly like something we used to hear back in ’87!” — but generally the best outcomes have been when pairing the spiritual traits of ’80s music with a modern foundation. Or, at least, when trying to pair the modern lived experience with ’80s elements.
Betamaxx has always been great at pulling that off. Both 2012’s Lost Formats and 2015’s Plug & Play were laced with ’80s cheese buoyed in various degrees by modern indie synth-pop and French house...
On Lost in a Dreamworld, all of the elements of Morey’s musical past as Betamaxx are focused, streamlined, and magnified with the shepherding of FM Attack’s Shawn Ward and his Starfield Music label. Not that Ward lorded over Morey with a svengali presence or anything. It’s just that Morey seems to have gained a wealth of confidence since joining the label.
The record kicks off with “Crimson Silhouette,” which invokes the feeling of Disintegration in space. Following that is another song that invokes The Cure, not the least because of the presence of Betamaxx’s label mate Vandal Moon. The upbeat rhythm, gorgeous synth pads, and kinetic guitars recall Robert Smith’s late ’80s tendencies.
A major highlight on the record is “Skyhigh,” the collaboration with LA-based Glitbiter. It’s a richly layered dark synth-pop track that nevertheless has a supremely catchy bounce to it — her vocals are as haunting and hypnotic as ever. In a way, it offers a glimpse of what would have happened if Vince Clarke stayed with Depeche Mode but the band still went dark.
“Vacation,” a collaboration with Swedish synthwave powerhouse Robert Parker, pairs Parker’s elaborately composed dancefloor outrun with Betamaxx’s melodic tendencies. “No Fun” brings Mecha Maiko from Ibiza into a dimly lit club in Manhattan in the 1980s for a contemplative come-down.
The killer “Disco Dreamgirl” has a fat-bottomed groove and a transcendent melody section, like a more developed version of “Hi-NRG,” Morey’s awesome Vehlinggo Presents: 5 Years contribution that didn’t make the cut on this album. It’s one of the tracks I’ve played the most — there’s such a transcendent quality about this instrumental number."