• STYLE /Chillwave, Synthpop
  • RELEASE DATE /May 25, 2019
  • LABEL /NewRetroWave Records
  • GUESTS /No Guests
  • FORMAT /Digital & Vinyl

RSW rating ➔

¦ 8/10 ¦
Great LP

Our Few Words

The French have this unique quality of harbouring incredible talent when it comes to anything electronic and musical.

Swedish born Yota, the wife of the popular Lifelike, has a brand new acclaimed album called Strangers On Film. Produced by the talented Douze this album is set to explore elements of retrowave and nu-disco. This follows on from the debut album called “A Knight In Shining Armour” which received positive reviews. Strangers In Film is the one in a machine gunning line of releases fired from NRW records.

Yota’s new album starts off with a sweet sounding yet beautiful atmospheric introduction called In The Light. Strangers On Film, the title track, features a soothing yet sexy French spoken part that goes brilliantly with the simplistic yet catchy music. Limelight borders onto the nu-disco sound with such a punchy beat, beautiful vocals and crisp production. The next song is a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” which is a good cover, but is the weakest song on the album. Moonboy brings the nu-disco back into a more intimate feel with plenty of intrigue and a sense of romance with a slow beat and high, soft vocals.

En Ligne will appeal to those who adore synthwave and them who love catchy, popular music. Nothing continues the head nodding lyrics that are sad yet dark and comical. The last originally recorded song on the album is Mirror that has a ridiculous sinister feel to such a playful album. There are two remixes on the album; one is Strangers On Film from Lifelike that would raise the roof if this were ever to be played live and Douze’s remix of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun which is better than the album version and should have been the original mix.

Strangers On Film is a wonderful experimental record that fuses together nu-disco and dreamwave together as if those genres were soul mates. Yota is an artist that shouldn’t overlooked by the community nor overshadowed by Lifelike or Douze; they’re brilliant, but it’s Yota’s personality that makes this album very interesting. The tunes will stay in your head and even a bump onto a door frame wont get them out. Strangers On Film is a victorious musical experiment that is worth every second of your attention.

– Matthew Clewley
Designed by SpaceMaster
Artwork by SKEOR

Gold quote

Multi-dimensional and superb, this release feels less like a collection of tracks and more like an experience.

– NewRetroWave