• STYLE /Darksynth
  • RELEASE DATE /October 25, 2019
  • LABEL /Self-released
  • GUESTS /No
  • DESIGNERS /Chrome & Lightning
  • FORMAT /Digital, Vinyl

RSW rating ➔

¦ 9/10 ¦
Fantastic EP

Our Few Words

In perfect harmony with the Halloween atmosphere, the Australian Synthwave duo known as Power Glove has unleashed ‘Throwback,’ an EP that encapsulates the very essence of the duo’s signature sound.

This EP is a compilation of unreleased rarities and tracks that were lost during the production of various projects, including the renowned Ubisoft game ‘Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon’ (2013), the movie ‘Hobo with a Shotgun’ (2011) by Jason Eisener, and the anthology film ‘The ABCs of Death’ (2012). ‘Throwback’ kicks off with ‘Vengeance,’ transporting listeners directly into the retro-futuristic universe of ‘Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon,’ a vision brought to life by Dean Evans and illustrated by Signalnoise. It features a lively rhythm, flawless guitar riffs, and synth melodies reminiscent of ‘Miami Vice.’ Kavinsky fans can certainly appreciate the vibe.

‘Nightmare’ is a track that could easily serve as the soundtrack for an 80s horror movie like ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street,’ ‘Halloween,’ or the legendary Konami game ‘Castlevania.’ Its dark atmosphere evokes memories of Power Glove’s track ‘Haunted’ from their previous LP ‘Playback.’ It’s a standout track that resonates with fans of the genre. The highly infectious ‘Hunters’ immerses us in the action-packed world of video games, as if we’re gripping a PlayStation joystick, ready to take on hordes of endoskeletons armed with gatling guns. Next, we’re propelled into the cinematic universe of the master of horror himself, John Carpenter, with captivating sounds and melodies. The EP’s highlight is undoubtedly ‘Power Core’ from ‘Blood Dragon,’ presented here in an extended version. It delivers powerful melodies, even more percussive beats, and some innovative surprises, making it a pure delight for fans. To conclude this eerie journey, ‘Crypt’ beckons us into the realms of ‘Tales from the Crypt,’ the haunted cemeteries of ‘Evil Dead,’ the castles of ‘Dracula,’ and the foggy forests inhabited by the ‘American Werewolf of London.’ The track is filled with eerie church sounds, wolf cries, the laughter of the Predator, and haunting melodies reminiscent of the ‘Upside Down’ in ‘Stranger Things.’ The EP’s artwork, courtesy of the talented ‘Chrome & Lightning,’ provides a fantastic visual representation of the horror-inspired aesthetic.

In summary, ‘Throwback’ is an outstanding EP that solidifies Power Glove’s position as masters of the Synthwave genre. Fans can’t wait to see what they have in store next!

Gold quote

« in five tracks, the duo take listeners on a journey through a post-apocalyptic zombie infested wasteland »

– EDM Sauce