Male Tears – Trauma Club - 2021 Synthwave Darkwave - Ltd. White Vinyl - Sealed LP
Male Tears - Trauma Club
Label: Starfield Music – none
Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Stereo, White
Limited to 102 copies pressed on 180 gram vinyl.
Released: Mar 23, 2022
Style: Synthwave, Darkwave, Synth-pop
A1 Trauma Club
A2 Cry... Forever
A4 Model Citizen
B1 No Reflection
B2 Hit MeB3 2 AM
''We are no longer talking about a New Wave act here; this is full on Darkwave. Male Tears finally managed to pick up some darker and heavier grooves, and while some influences of Synthwave and New Wave are certainly there, they don’t undermine the dark grooves and often find their way to enhance the track. Going back to “Hit Me”, the groove almost rings of Dark Italo alongside the stab chords, while the haunting synth lead that gets bigger in the hook keeps the track’s atmosphere tense.The instrumental closer “AM” also holds forward with the clanking percussion and the ethereal buildup, most likely a nod to the Cocteau Twins. It bookends fairly well alongside the opener and title track, “Trauma Club”, which builds upon its main melody throughout with a half-step beat and a whirling set of arps.'' (PopArtAve)
However, even alongside that track’s fine qualities, it feels like a side note to the fantastic sounds of tracks like “Belladonna”, “Model Citizen”, and “Cry… Forever”. These tracks really bring the bass lines to their tightest, and a variation of synth leads them into wild directions. “Belladonna” rides close to Black Celebration-era Depeche Mode, “Model Citizen” brings rave stabs alongside the Boy Harsher-esque bassline with a constant buildup and even a key change on the hook, while “Cry… Forever” stacks a soft Trance-esque lead on top of the Darkwave bass and the synth that matches it with a constant set of evolving melodies. Even if it’s the obvious production highlight, these tracks are really close in quality.
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