This past week saw the release of a bit of a surprising album. BVSMV’s new LP, Skies, came out on TimeSlave Recordings. On the surface that doesn’t sound shocking at all. TimeSlave has been pretty prolific this year and they’re right up at the top as far as scouting out talent goes. What surprised me most were the sounds flooding into my headphones as I sat down to review this record. It’s truly a unique release and it most certainly doesn’t fit into any standard genre criteria. As everyone loves to throw the synthwave moniker on every record coming down the pike, I’ll quote Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
What strikes you immediately about BVSMV is freshness. There’s an almost organic feel to this music that you just don’t get very often, especially in synth based music. Skies works so well because it doesn’t adhere to the every day formula out there, and as I mentioned earlier, defies traditional categorization. It feels as if it were crafted instead of merely created, as if a certain level of artisanship were involved.
Skies can be yours in digital format and limited edition cassette over at Bandcamp. It is a worthy addition to your collection and another notch in the creative growth for TimeSlave Recordings.