Olivaw’s ‘Tonight We’ll Rewind The Tape With Pencil’


One of Russia’s finest exports, purveyor of all things SynthWavey, Dreamwavey and Nu-Discoy, Olivaw has just released his début album, the amazingly titled Tonight We’ll Rewind The Tape With Pencil. It compiles his work over the last year or so, and just goes to show why Russia is taking manky retro synth producers to school these days. We’ve features this resident of Arkhangelsk in northern Russia before, so we’re pretty excited about this eleven track collection.

And it lives up to our expectations too. It’s a sprawling, rich palette of synthesizer textures, each track carrying it’s own nostalgic emotional resonance. The first three tracks on the album, Teenage Feelings, The City And The Sea and The Guardians Of Time set up the record, letting you know what to expect. Teenage Feelings introducing the reminiscent, optimistic SynthWave vibe, The City And The Sea bringing a more Nu-Disco dancefloor sound and The Guardians Of Time displaying Olivaw’s  smooth retro soundtrack side. Most of the record’s song fall into one of these niches and the album does a pretty slick job of easing the listener from one mood to the next. Olivaw’s skill really lies in complex layering of melody, many of his tracks feature intertwining lead lines played out on shimmering synth sounds. whilst Olivaw had both feet firmly planted in the SynthWave world, he come across as having a better grasp of the vintage dance sounds of Nu-Disco than many of his contemporaries, The August Sky for example, is a soaring outrun tune but has a serious Disco groove to it, as does Sleepless Nights. Whilst elsewhere Olivaw goes dark Italo for Like In The Movies and full-on dance in City Slickers. Tonight We’ll Rewind The Tape With Pencil is a confident début, and one we heartily recommend.

♫ Olivaw – Teenage Feelings

♫ Olivaw – The August Sky

♫ Olivaw – The Guardians Of Time

♫ Olivaw – Sleepless Nights

Tonight We’ll Rewind The Tape With Pencil is out now.

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What is it with Russia right now? They are cleaning up the SynthWave and of Nu-Disco and claiming it for their own. There is so much stuff to have come out of that part of the world in the past year, and almost all of it is so good it puts much of the rest of the world to shame. Olivaw is next in line. Hailing from Arkhangelsk in northern Russia, Olivaw is quietly making some of the grooviest Outrun you’ll hear in a while.

His latest track, Summer Breeze, is a buzzing, swirling, intoxicating tune. A no-worries nostalgic vibe that carries you along with it, embraced by warm retro synths and buzzing lead lines. Olivaw has got a handle on the Outrun beat perfectly, Italo influenced but not to overpowering, just right to drive the track along. His older tunes include the massive Disco tinged SynthWave of Sleepless Nights, a track that piles on layer after layer of melodic, soloing madness and The Guardians Of Time a punchy classic ‘80’s soundtrack inspired jam, all big beats and rousing synths. In unusual for a new SynthWave artist to hit the ground running in such a slick, polished style, but Olivaw has marked himself as one to watch. The denizens of Russia nail retro synth once more.

Olivaw – Summer Breeze

Olivaw – Sleepless Nights

Olivaw – The Guardians Of Time

Check out more from Olivaw on SoundCloud.