• STYLE /Outrun / Synthpop
  • RELEASE DATE /June 09, 2017
  • LABEL /Endless Summer Recordings
  • FORMAT /Digital

RSW rating ➔

¦ 9/10 ¦
Fanstastic EP

Our Few Words

Anoraak, also known as Frédéric Rivière, is an iconic figure in the Synthwave genre, particularly as a member of the ‘Valérie Collective’ alongside artists like College, Minitel Rose, and The Outrunners. He has recently released his new EP titled ‘Black Gold Sun,’ marking a return to his roots in Synthpop and Outrun music, characterized by its vibrant and joyful atmosphere.

In keeping with Anoraak’s signature style, the EP features tracks enriched by excellent vocals. The first single, ‘Outcome,’ showcases the artist’s vocals, and ‘Evolve’ features the talented singer Lydmor from Denmark, adding freshness and sensuality to Anoraak’s Synthpop compositions. Several tracks on the EP, such as ‘Skyline’ and ‘Last Call,’ evoke the imagery of James Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs racing through the streets of Miami in their Lamborghini Countach, perfectly embodying the Outrun music aesthetic. The EP reaches its pinnacle with ‘Black Gold Sun,’ a masterpiece filled with captivating melodies, emotion, and a sense of nostalgia, driven by an effective rhythmic foundation. This track transports listeners to cinematic moments, reminiscent of the heroic finale of a film like ‘Drive,’ the conclusion of a season of ‘Stranger Things,’ or a space journey with ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ Additionally, the EP includes a remarkable remix by Maethelvin, a fellow French artist, which adds an Electro and spontaneous touch to the first track. The cover art for ‘Black Gold Sun’ was created by Alexander Burkart from The Zonder, a German artist.

In summary, ‘Black Gold Sun’ is a remarkable EP that has earned its place on repeat mode since its release date, showcasing Anoraak’s talent for creating vibrant and nostalgic Synthwave music.

Gold quote

It kicks off with Steve Reich-esque marimbas and a wash of synth, before a strong and consistent synth bass and kick drum come into the fold, building some suspenseful momentum.

– Vehlinggo