When it comes to the relatively newer sub genre of retro wave/synthwave you need two things. The first is one foot firmly in the 1980’s. This is your foundation. The second is how you build on that foundation. Synthwave front runner Perturbator wraps his songs in neon and chrome, evoking images of soulless metro soundscapes. Kavinsky creates music that reflect the movie soundtracks of his youth. Tonight’s soundtrack, the latest full length album by GosT is steeped in the occult, pagan imagery, and horror films.
Non Paradisi is strangely accessible, almost lulling you into a false sense of security. It’s a trap. Once it has you hooked you realize that the album has teeth and flirts with the abyss. That being said, the album is as dark and mysterious as the man who wrote it. The skull masked GosT keeps his identity a close secret and it lends a great deal of gravity to the music.
There are leaders, followers, and countless imitators in the new retro wave movement. GosT is firmly in the leaders category as he continues to touch the darkness with each new release. Check out his video for Maleficarum, but be warned, it’s not for the faint of heart!