Without doubt, British duo LeBrock are one of the poster boys of the Synthwave movement across the globe, here’s their new 2021 full length album ‘Fuse’.
Written by: gdmonline
LABEL: FIXT Neon
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LINEUP: Shaun Phillips – vocals * Michael Meadows – all instruments
TRACK LISTING: 01 All Or Nothing * 02 Heartstrings * 03 Interstellar * 04 Hollow * 05 Bright Lights * 06 Hangin’ On * 07 Takes All Night * 08 Synthetic * 09 In Time * 10 Rush * 11 Takes All Night (Dance With The Dead Remix)
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Without doubt, British duo LeBrock are one of the poster boys of the Synthwave movement across the globe. From our perspective, LeBrock are the closest thing to a genuine synthwave/AOR hybrid, thanks to the ever present guitars and booming vocal harmonies, something you don’t hear from their keyboard/drum machine oriented peers – some of whom have been reviewed here at Glory Daze.
‘Fuse’ is a fully loaded eleven track album that bristles with energy and is laden with sugar encrusted goodies for you to chomp on. If you’re a musical diabetic, then close your eyes, cross your heart and dive right in and don’t worry about the consequences.
Everywhere you land on this album, you’ll strike a diamond. Put it on random play and prepare to be dazzled. Whether it’s the opening duo of ‘All Or Nothing’ and ‘Heartstrings’ to the pairing of ‘In Time’ and ‘Rush’ at the back-end, all the songs are upbeat, and skip across the metronome with laser like precision.
I’m still spending time with the album this weekend and I’m hard pressed to name a favourite as all the songs have their own merits, but for an early call I’d put ‘In Time’ and ‘Heartstrings’ at the top of my playlist though this might change on a daily basis.
In the washup to this review, I was bemused by some of the inane comments written by some YouTubers, who are young enough to be wearing diapers judging by the stupidity. Writing stuff like ‘this is more 80’s than the 80’s’ or ‘this sounds like Skid Row meets retrowave’. Err nah. My guess is that these idiots were all born after the year 2000 so what would they know about what it was really like living in the 80’s?
No question about it, to my way of reckoning, the synthwave scene has come a long way since this site first started taking an interest back in 2014/2015. This year however (2021) has seen some stellar releases, and I’d go out on a limb and state that LeBrock has struck the melodic motherload, and goes to the top of the class. In the meantime, grab this choice block of synthwave and get ready to soak up the summer sun.
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