Of all the recent crop of new SynthWave artists to break in the last twelve months, Glaswegian artist Garth Knight has stood out from the pack both in terms of composition and production. This has marked his début album as one of the more eagerly anticipated SynthWave releases of 2013. The album saw the light of days earlier this month via Lunar Boogie, and having given it repeated spins in the last week or so we can definitely say it doesn’t disappoint.
The albums title continues Garth’s obsession with the dark side of Knight Rider. Named Goliath after Michael and K.I.T.T.’s evil counterparts Garth and K.A.R.R.’s own semi-truck in the show the record drops lots of Knight Rider references, but musically and lyrically, which nicely sets the tone of the album. Made up of the best of garth’s releases over the past twelve months sprinkled with new tracks, Goliath kicks off with the epic six minute Mainframe which lays out Garth’s particular brand of dirty basslined SynthWave perfectly, giving you a fair amount of time to acclimatise to this world of action packed anthems. Autotron keeps the grimy synth bass vibe going, setting it against haunting pads and if followed by Turbo Boost, the albums first sit-up-and-take-notice track. A rolling Italo jam, Turbo Boost comprises a vintage beat and a spikey FM melody that provide backing for a ridiculously simple, but catchy vocoded vocal. Skipping over Break Point, the album’s aberrant off-track (it’s a bit of an embarrassment compared to the rest of the release), you find Headstart, a frantic, arpeggio fuelled, race track that lift the energy of the album back up and delivers a synthetic rush before the second half of the Goliath. Silent Strike is another standout, drawing dangerously close to ElectroPop in it’s Poppy hooks and euphoric vibe. Silicon Dawn and Transcoding follow, both injecting the collection with a darker tone, before giving way to the retro synth Funk of Solidstate. Solidstate is driven along by a deep, groovy bassline that’s layered with Cosmic synths and an ethereal melody. The album eases you out of it;s world with the Jarre-esque Time The Healer, a beautiful slice of melodic 80s synth work. Goliath is a solid release, and fans of the genre should already have this record in their collection.
♫ Garth Knight – Turbo Boost
♫ Garth Knight – Headstart
♫ Garth Knight – Solidstate
♫ Garth Knight – Silent Strike
♫ Garth Kight – Time The Healer
Garth Knight’s Goliath is out now.
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