By now you all know how much I love Makeup and Vanity Set. More than any other artist in the synthwave scene (with the possible exception of Com Truise), Makeup & Vanity Set pushes the boundaries of what this music is about and what it can do--to the point where Matthew Pusti's stuff both feels a part of and apart from what the scene's other mainstays are doing.
The new Makeup and Vanity Set album, for the French label Data Airlines, exemplifies that dynamic. It's much dancier than Pusti's previous output--"Stalker" and "Death Laser" border on techno, while "Ono-Sendai" is a near perfect--and funky--slice of cyberpunk-inflected darksynth. And yeah...every single track is dope as hell.
And there's one other thing about Wavehymnal that makes this old blogger smile. Recall that in my recent interview with Pusti, I pressed him on the connection between his music and William Gibson's cyberpunk classic Neuromancer. And now we have a track called "Ono-Sendai," which by rights should be the title track for the cinematic adaption that Neuromancer so badly deserves.
So do yourself a favor and buy/stream Wavehymnal--there are limited edition LPs and cassettes available as well!
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