Flashlights

Flashlights
Self-released

"More Sunlight" begins this EP sounding like Twitch-era Ministry gone disco, almost like Bronski Beat if it had gone in a much darker direction. The Flashlight guys have figured out how to perfectly mix Ethan Converse's light and expertly executed falsetto with vintage synths and percussion that sounds like it was generated by an 808. "Diving Bells" would fit perfectly on the soundtrack of a 1980s Brian De Palma film soundtrack, with its shifting harmonic drone and cycling melodies. And with closer "Rocketeer," the act has written a song that might have come about if New Order had made purely electronic music from the beginning. This might be more or less a demo, but the strength of the material shows tremendous promise. Dreamy synth pop this engrossing and well-crafted is far from a dime a dozen.

 
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