• STYLE /Darksynth, Techno
  • RELEASE DATE /July 21, 2021
  • LABEL /Self-released
  • DESIGNERS /Chrome & Lightning
  • FORMAT /Digital

RSW rating ➔

¦ 8/10 ¦
Great LP

Our Few Words

In very recent years Power Glove have been consistently making new music after their three year gap between Trails of the Blood Dragon and Playback (two amazing records may I add). They’ve entered the middle of 2021 with their new album 2043: Volume 1 which provides excitement as this might be a series of releases that are coming our way. The talented duo are ready to whip up a storm and throw us into the future with this new release.

Heat Seeker opens up the album and is a brilliantly terrifying introduction. Brain Jack gives off the amazing music vibes of Cyberpunk 2077 with its aggressive and varied bass sounds and the ultimate rave feel. Drone Sight oozes an industrial flavour onto the album and with an epic reprisal of Heat Seeker to add to its fist pumping aggression. Shorelines is dark ambience which starts to pick up during the final third of the song before fading out. Wolf, which was originally released as a single, adds the swift kick of the drum beat we know Power Glove before bringing the eerie atmosphere to the track with an almost grunge feel to it. Deceiver is the perfect song title for this track as its something of an emotional roller coaster offering various styles and instrumentations whilst maintaining its theme. The Strip is a decent track that sounds like it’s come from an 80s slasher film with its intensity and building up of the instruments as the song progresses.

Power Glove have prominently experimented since their Blood Dragon albums and it is paying off. 2043: Volume 1 is a cyberpunk dream with its brilliant vicious and aggressive sound. It plays with the industrial genre and it feels like there should be visuals behind all of these tracks. It belongs on a soundtrack to a slasher/thriller and an album that craves visual companionship is a triumph by any standard. Power Glove shown they are royalty within the synthwave scene and their crowns remains firmly on their heads.

– Matthew Clewley
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