- STYLE /Synthpop, Chillwave
- RELEASE DATE /February 15, 2018
- CATALOG /X
- LABEL /X
- FORMAT /Digital / Vinyl
RSW rating ➔
¦ 8/10 ¦
Our Few Words
It has only been a few months since I reviewed Trevor Something’s last album Ultraparanoia which received some mixed opinions.
It was experimental and decent in its own right, but it certainly was not a synthwave product and alienated some fans. Suddenly out of nowhere there is the release of his new album Bots Don’t Cry. I did not know what to expect from this album when it came to the musical direction. Would it return to old roots or continue to play with genres? I personally enjoyed Trevor Something throughout the years and I was excited to listen to Bots Don’t Cry.
I Want Your Love opens the album with a cute atmosphere before breaking into a kick ass drum beat and funky bass line. Confessions of an Addict and Baby Boo are fast, insanely catchy tunes. The title track is an unusual ballad, but you may cry listening to this. Eternal Love continues the slow tempo with incredible power to the chorus and 80hdbb oozes with chiptune influence. The Chemical of Love screams New Order in their 80’s prime with its sound. Read Your Mind is a solid industrial track that stands out from the rest of the album. Living In A Lie is upbeat in sound yet mellow with lyrics. It’s Over and Please Don’t Leave gives a nod towards Ultraparanoia’s theme, but it is an eery end to such an incredible album.
Bots Don’t Cry is certainly a return to the signature synth fuelled music we adore from Trevor Something. His vocals are absolutely wonderful and this album definitely gives vibes of unique creation. One of the most adoring factors about Bots Don’t Cry is that it beautifully plays like a concept album focusing on the subject of love; it feels like a celebration of the good and bad from the beginning of a relationship to the end.
The mix of shoegazing and synthwave is absolutely perfect and it’s hard to escape once you get listening to the album. It’s got an atmosphere throughout that adds to the theme of the album. Bots Don’t Cry deserves every amount of attention it gets because we are in 2019 is may be the best album I’ve listened to this year. Hopefully Trevor Something can serve up even more surprises like Bots Don’t Cry. Bots Don’t Cry will test every emotion throughout and that what makes this an incredible record.
– Matthew Clewley