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Gunship Added to The Rise of the Synths Companion Album

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It’s just been announced that British synthwave group Gunship will be bringing an original new track to the companion album for the upcoming documentary The Rise of the Synths. The album will be released by Lakeshore Records.

The documentary tackles the rising popularity of the synthwave music genre, which features artists such as Carpenter Brut, Miami Nights 1984, Com Truise, Lazerhawk, and more, all of whom were inspired by John Carpenter, Giorgio Moroder, Tangerine Dream, and the like. You can learn more about it in the synopsis below.

Gunship’s self-titled album came out in 2015 and it’s still something I listen to with regular frequency. Their music is a nostalgic throwback to the 80’s and is delightfully catchy and wonderfully produced. If you haven’t heard it, I honestly can’t recommend it enough. You can check it out via Bandcamp.

For more information, head on over to the official website.

Synopsis:
The natural way of the cultural wave: we generally experience that musical and cultural trends shift from an outstanding position within public opinion to near utter rejection, refusal and ridicule, through an ever-shortening period of time. However, if that period of time is extended, to often several decades, we can witness a renovation, a new heightened recognition – the rebirth of the wave. Through today’s global reach, powered by the internet, cultural waves and fascinations can resurface and manifest themselves, with an even much bigger fan impact than the original source.

The film is a travel in time towards the roots of a worldwide grass-root music scene known as Synthwave, an irresistible blend of modern electronic composition with 80s pop culture’s nostalgia, that over the last two years has transformed from a whisper on selected internet hubs, to an ever-growing scene, expanding rapidly as we speak. Accounting millions of plays on social media, devoted fans are legion, but nobody in the mass media knows about them.

Thousands of synthwave composers around the world are living out double-lives. Away from their normal everyday life they spend another half-life behind a faceless musical avatar, creating and uploading their own renditions of 80’s-styled film scores, sharing them with the world – surging the wave. They belong to an endless army of watchers for the master’s legacy: the sound that Edgar Froese, Giorgio Moroder and John Carpenter created in the late 70s.

A time travel into the universe of creating sounds. A love letter to human fascination and the collective memories of an universe that never existed.

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