If there was ever an album deserving to get a Synthwave Sunday showcase it would be Dreddd’s new release, Water Color Sun. It’s a 20+ track behemoth of a record from a man who seems to be a never ending fountain of amazing synthwave. How hot is he? He was just featured on TimeSlave Recordings latest compilation, Fear the Future Vol 1, a showcase featuring new and on the rise talent (with all physical copies selling out!). Since hitting the scene Dreddd has steadily made a name for himself and the trend is sure to continue with Water Color Sun.
Before I even get started, whatever you may be expecting from this album, go ahead and stick a pin in it. If Dreddd has been showing a glimpses of his versatility over his past few albums, but Water Color Sun is a full on showcase of the insane songwriting chops he has. One thing I can 100% guarantee is that you are never going to get bored because he’s not interested in playing you the same song over and over again with a different neon and chrome shine on it. Alright, now that I’ve warned you, get ready to have your minds blown! Let’s do this!
Water Color Sun is a straight up contender for album of the year. There. I’ve said it. Now that we’ve cleared that up, you can understand the weight of the things I’m going to tell you about this album. I’ve been a big fan of Dreddd’s work since I was first introduced to it by Watermelon Banzai earlier this year. He’s been writing solid and extremely catchy synthwave, but even knowing that, I wasn’t prepared for how solid this album was going to be. What sets it apart from his previous work? Let us count the ways!
- Anyone who’s listened to Dreddd before knows his music dabbles on the darker side of synthwave more often than not. As you could properly assume from the title, Water Color Sun has a good bit more brightness to it. It’s not all pastel sunsets, but there’s enough there to make you stop and take notice.
- It’s all about that bass….that bass! The bass line is a sorely underutilized part of so many synthwave tracks. Merely keeping time with the synths is doing the bare minimum, as far as I’m concerned. Thankfully Dreddd has some absolutely KILLER bass work going on in this album. I mean killer!
- Hip-Hop Infusion! This is my favorite part of the record. It’s not there in every track, but Dreddd has interwoven a hip-hop heartbeat into Water Color Sun and I am here to tell you it is its greatest strength. I’ve not heard a single synthwaver do it better, and I listen to a LOT of synthwave. I really feel like we are hearing Dreddd push his game to a whole new level with this album.
- Layers on top of layers of goodness. There’s a lot of depth to Water Color Sun and a great deal of that can be attributed to good studio work. Dreddd has picked the right harmonies, the right samples, the right audio cues, and the right background sounds to truly add a whole lot of meat to these bones.
- Variety. It’s really tough to keep someone interested in an record that is in reality a double LP from start to finish. Not only did Dreddd keep me interested, I’ve listened to it four times this week and I’m still wanting more.
So, what else can I say about Water Color Sun that I haven’t already. It definitely serves as a high water mark for Dreddd (pardon the pun!), and I truly feel he’s on a path toward even greater things. He was willing to take some serious risks with this record and they’ve paid off. Head over to Bandcamp and give this record a spin. You won’t regret it!