[Audio] Pilotpriest’s ‘The Last Goodbye’



Amazing synthesizer wizard Pilotpriest has been releasing a sting of sweet single recently, his latest, The Last Goodbye, is a thing of beauty. This is really one you should paly through some decent headphones and let the sound absorb you. As with most of Pilotpriest’s output, it’s a blissful soundtrack piece that will carry you to far off places and wrap you in it’s synthetic depths. It’s been quite some time since Pilotpriest’s stunning Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album; he;s lost none of his touch.

Clocking in at nearly six minutes, The Last Goodbye really does take the listening on a musical journey. Easing you into it’s world with gentle pads and a vinyl crackle, the tune slowly builds itself up with undulating vintage synths and a punchy bassline. After the no-quite-melancholic-but-subdued build of the track’s first half, an appreciated breakdown heralds Pilotpriest launching into a rousing and energized finalize. It’s spine tingling, emotional stuff. Get involved.

♫ Pilotpriest – The Last Goodbye

Pilotpriest’s The Last Goodbye is out now.

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[Audio] Pilotpriest’s ‘Drunk Dial’



It’s been a little while since we heard from Canadian soundtrack Electro master Pilotpriest, but this week he quietly let slip otu a brand new track on his SoundCloud page. Featuring fellow Torontonian YongeBlood, who’s turned-in a couple of reMixes for Pilotpriest in the past, Drunk Dial is a new endeavour for Pilotpriest, a swirling, dare we say it, Chillwavey, ElectroPop tune that demands repeated listens.

Putting his core soundtrack talents to good use, Pilotpriest keeps things epic and emotional with big orchestrated synths and layers and layers of texture while ghostly vocals float in and out of focus around the track. Powered by a solid House beat the track mixes groove with atmosphere and the end result is pretty compelling. We’re not sure if this is a new direction for Pilotpriest, or just a stretching of his musical muscles, either way, he’s done a top job here.

♫ Pilotpriest (Feat. YongeBlood) – Drunk Dial

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[Audio] Makeup And Vanity Set’s ‘Praxis’



OK, are you sitting down? This is going to get a bit confusing. Nashville based SynthWavers Makeup And Vanity Set are about to release a new EP, 7​.​25​.​2148, which is a prologue to two concept albums to be released in the coming months. In advance of the EP they released one of the tracks, Praxis, as a single with new track A Prologue as it’s B-side, but you get the full Praxis single featuring reMixes from Pilotpriest, Magic Sword and Sabrepulse if you by the CD version of the EP. Got it? Rather than give ourselves a headache we’re just going to look at the Praxis single and it’s reMixes single today, the one you get free when you buy the 7​.​25​.​2148 EP. It’s all good.

So then, Praxis? As well as being 7​.​25​.​2148’s standout track is a storming slice of synthetic futurism. Loaded with twisting synths and a pounding Italo beat, Makeup And Vanity Set conjure an enigmatic mood. Intertwining melodies and lead lines sparkle like starlight amidst the warm glow of the rich pads. it;s a track full of mystery and optimism that’s can still get you shaking on the dancefloor once it’s dominant riff kicks in. The best of soundtrack inspired SynthWave and up-all-night Italo in one tune. The amazing Pilotpriest delivers a suitable epic mix of the track. Wrapping Praxis in his trademark emotional electronic orchestration Pilotpriest takes the listener away to far off galaxies. Injecting the track with a little digital funk is Magic Sword, who’s reMix is a marching robot Disco tune is as unsettling as it is funky.. The 7​.​25​.​2148 EP itself is a magical synthesizer oddessy through different moods and soundscapes and, frankly, the Praxis reMix package with worth the price alone.

♫ Makeup And Vanity Set – Praxis

♫ Makeup And Vanity Set – Praxis (Pilotpriest reMix)

♫ Makeup And Vanity Set – Praxis (Magic Sword reMix)

The Praxis single is out now, the 7​.​25​.​2148 which the Praxis reMix package come free with is released 28th March digitally and on limited edition CD that also comes with all kinds of goodies.

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[Audio] New tracks from Pilotpriest


Canada’s reigning soundtrack Electro master Pilotpriest dropped a couple of new tunes on his SoundCloud this past week. He’s a busy guy these days, as Hollywood beckons, so were glad he’s still got time to sit down and produce some of the most emotional, evocative and enthralling electronic music around today.

Quest For Fire is on of Pilotpriest’s dancier tunes. Although quite mid-paced, it boasts a solid Italo beat and bassline set amidst swirling arpeggios and rousing strings. The synthetic orchestration isn’t lost in the groove though, as ever building waves of Pilotpriest’s rich tapestry of sound plays a gradually escalating narrative, full of character. Hallways, an ode to High School, again employs a pounding Electro beat to underpin a shifting soundscape of nostalgic, hypnotic, audio memories. And although my upbringing was more Grange Hill than Shermer High, I still feel I can relate, it’s just got that tone of youthful optimist melded with doubt and daily grind, to it. More excellence as Pilotpriest effortlessly conjures synthesizer moods.

♫ Pilotpriest – Quest For Fire (Instrumental)

♫ Pilotpriest – Hallways

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Pilotpriest reMixed by Tommy


Canada’s soundtrack wizard Pilotpriest and the French SynthWave master Tommy. Could you ask for a better combination. Here we have two of our favourite producers of the last year, one reMixing the other as Tommy takes on Streets Of Fire, from Pilotpriest’s Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album.

Tommy takes the best of the original, the brooding intensity, the sense of foreboding and apprehension, and adds to that a nice ‘80’s pop cultural element. Heavy pounding drums, washed with reverb, hammer out a new level of drama in the track while haunting guitar and evocative synths  play out the narrative of the track. Tommy has crated a flip side tot he original Streets Of Fire, a different part of the same soundtrack. Streets Of Fire sets the scene, Tommy’s reMix raises the stakes.

♫ Pilotpriest – Streets Of Fire (Tommy reMix)

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Pilotpriest’s retro collection


Amazing Canadian producer of the finest SynthWave soundtracks around Pilotpriest has just released an album of some of his earlier works. The new release, titled Music From 1990-2000 A​.​D. collects twelve older tracks from the man. Older they may be, but that in no way diminishes their quality. Essentially, twelve new tracks from Pilotpriest, yay!

Sure, the production might be a little less sophisticated than his current output. Sure, there’s more of a Lo-Fi experimentalism within. But this just adds to the records charm and differentiates it from Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Whereas that latest album is a cosmic journey through emotion and sound, these twelve tracks feel a lot more urban, a lot more hip. Spread across the entire album is a quirky Electro cool that plays well into both Pilotpriest’s cinematic and more disco sides. Take the collection’s opener, Harmony Gold, it’s got a definite solid analog groove but there is something about the warping synths and toytown drums that give it a bedroom charm. This continues as the album covers a variety of sounds, from the Downtempo of Relieve, the Electro-Indie of Sangalula and Electro-Surf rock (?) of New Man to the Folktronica od Best Served Cold. The album does pick up it’s Disco feet in some places, notably the stabbing, majestic Italo of New Voroder and the robotic groove of Now Sport. And, of course there are times when Pilotpriest gets to flex his orchestration muscles, best seen in Intercessor. All-in-all it’s a very different album to Original Motion Picture Soundtrack one that sees (or saw) Pilotpriest experimenting more freely, maybe as he was heading toward the sound we now love him for.

♫ Pilotpriest – Harmony Gold

♫ Pilotpriest – Intercessor

♫ Pilotpriest – New Voroder

♫ Pilotpriest – Now Sport

Music From 1990-2000 A​.​D.  is out now for the price of whatever you want!

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Pilotpriest reMixes Sébastien Tellier

Sébastien Tellier

Who want’s even more from Pilotpriest? Well, of course you do, you’d be insane not to. Well you’re in luck, in the same week that saw him dropping his new tune, Cosmosis, the Torontonian unleashes his reMix of the mighty Sébastien Tellier’s new single Russian Attractions.

As you know, we normally shudder at the thought of whatever latest reMix competition is running, and we fully expect our Inbox to be flooded, in the coming weeks, with mediocre Russian Attractions reMixes, but hopefully Mt. Tellier’s thoughtful ElectroPop will see a different class of reMix talent than the usual poo Electro-House cries for attention. To be honest though, they all might as well just stop now. Pilotpriest’s reMix is going to be very hard, if not impossible to beat. He’s set the bar so high you can just about make it out in the Hubble Deep Field image. Pilotpriest’s trademark piercing vintage synths and steady, dramatic beats are the perfect accompaniment for Sébastian Tellier’s bombastic, otherwordly presence. Seriously, a match made in heaven. This reMix is nothing short of majestic. A synthesizer opera, full of power and emotion.

♫ Sébastien Tellier – Russian Attractions (Pilotpriest reMix)

Russian Attractions is  taken from Sébastien Tellier‘s new album My God Is Blue available now via Record Makers.

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More new music from Pilotpriest


We sure picked the right time to get into Pilotpriest. First the jaw-droppingly brilliant album, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, then came The Canyons in all it’s beauty. Now the Canadian producer had dropped yet another new tune. Cosmosis it ready to lift your day.

Perhaps we’re influenced by the title, but this is galactic fly-by material. You could quite easily re-soundtrack Carl Sagan’s Cosmos with this. It’s a majestic, bombastic, magical piece of synthesizer orchestration. Even at it’s mid-point, where the drums enter the arrangement it looses none of it’s epic feel. Rich textures and layers of synths, evolving and building through. The track almost plays like a companion peice to the original version of Thief, Pilotpriest’s Tron: Destiny soundtrack. But whereas that was quite introspective, Cosmoses captures the larger picture within the same musical framework. We could easily see the two track sitting together in the same movie, but reflecting very different moods. Anyhoo, enjoy the electronic and orchestral awe inspiring Cosmosis.

♫ Pilotpriest – Cosmosis

Cosmosis is out now.

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Pilotpriest’s ‘The Canyons’


Canadian SynthWave producer Pilotpriest’s album Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is still on heavy rotation ‘round these parts. Every listen reveals something new, like every listen is fresh. But that doesn’t mean we’re not eager for new material from the man, and so we are blessed with a brand new tune, The Canyons.

Apparently inspired by the forthcoming movie The Canyons, written by Less Than Zero & American Psycho’s Bret Easton Ellis and directed by Paul Schrader, Politpriest’s track of the same name is a lush, involving peice. Grounded by a solid beat and hypnotic reparative riff that allows the rest of the track to organically move and evolve around it. As with all Pilotpriet’s music, The Canyons is just beautiful, and electronic landscape of melody and texture that transports the listener’s head to somewhere completely fantastical while compelling their feet to dance. Most stunning work from this Toronto based musician, and hopefully much more to come.

♫ Pilotpriest – The Canyons

Pilotpriest’s ‘Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’ is out now.

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Pilotpriest’s ‘Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’


Pilotpriest, an artist we were only vaguely familiar with, sent us an album with twenty five tracks on it. That kind of thing tends to make us shudder a little, but we had some stuff to do so we stuck it on. Two hours later we’d got nothing done, wondered where the time had flow off too, and were in love with Pilotpriest’s ‘Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’. Yes, you read that right, two hours! It’s a rare best that is that kind of length and at no point at all gets anywhere close to boring. I’m not overly sure how easy this album is going to be to review, it really is one of these records that has to be heard, I can imagine everyone taking something different from it and the overall work truly is an experience, one that has to be had, not read about. No writing I can do will do the experience of listening to this album Justice. It’s not just a collection of songs, it’s a narrative, it’s an artwork, and your relationship to it will be different to mine.

After a bit of digging around it turns out we were familiar with Pilotpriest! Do you remember ‘The Crash’? That ‘leaked’ track from from Daft Punk’s ‘Tron: Legacy’ soundtrack, that Kanye West raved about thatwas quickly proven to be a fake, but we said we liked it anyway? Well that was him. Whist the ‘leak’ was cheeky, Pilotpriest hides behind nothing on his new record, and he would have no need to, it’s an electronic masterpiece, a couple of hours of pure bliss for an fan of synthesizer music. ‘Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’ is a collection of instrumental electronic peices, some leaning toward experimental Sci-Fi compositions, some Disco tinged dancefloor tunes, all of them named after ‘80’s movie titles. The albums opener ‘Body Double’ is a twelve minute opus that lays down the law in regard s to what to expect from the album. Layers and Layers of analog synths, intertwining melodies, emotionally resonant chord progressions and a nod toward Italo dancefloors via a driving beat and bassline. The thread here, on such a lengthy album, is Pilotpriest’s sound. Where as the individual tracks on the record play out like a movie, each one encapsulating a particular mood or a particular occurrence, they all weave together effortlessly under the umbrella of Pilotpriest’s own stylistic sonics. Drawing from ‘80’s movie soundtracks, a lot of the sounds of  Italo dancefloors and electronic instrumentalists such as Jarre or Vangelis Pilotpriest creates an analog synthesizer soundscape that is as musically rich as it is damned funky. Of course, for someone who nearly out Daft Punked Daft Punk, there is also a fairly healthy injection of French Disco in here, but while at times you can hear a Daft Punk influence, it never sounds like he’s trying to emulate them when the album does veer into Disco territory. Mostly though it’s an amazing melting pot of atmospheres ranging from high-octane to quite and introspective, a true soundtrack to any moment in life. Pilotpriest’s musically it shines through in every corner of this record, lifting it high about his peers, this record isn’t a ‘production’, it;s a work of art. If you like soundtracks, you’ll love this album, if you like Disco, you’ll love this album, if you like Italo, you’ll love this album, if you like synth music, you’ll love this album. If fact, I can’t imagine anyone who reads this webzine not loving this album. Unsurprisingly, ‘Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’ comes highly recommended. Did I mention that it’s 99¢ (that’s about 68p for us in the UK)?

♫ Pilotpriest – Risky Business

♫ Pilotpriest – Thief

♫ Pilotpriest – Rad (Radwoman)

♫ Pilotpriest – After Hours (Pleasure Glove)

Pilotpriest’s ‘Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’ is out now.

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