'ACTION FIGURES' // REVIEW BY IRON SKULLET (92/100)


This review was written by Preston Cram and the excerpt is shared courtesy of ironskullet.com 

 

Originality. Authenticity. These are complex ideas within retro synth music in 2018, and for many artists, there’s no winning. Creating something new potentially leads to isolation and rejection from the main synthwave genre, but producing a stylistically centric release summons up complaints about cliches and worn out musical ideas. Superdivorce contentedly sidesteps the entire conversation, disregarding public opinion and creating an inspired amalgam of past and present genres that thrives on its genuine character. The duo’s willingness to produce music that ignores genre labels and boundaries is admirable, and their level of honesty surpasses most creations in and around the retrowave scene. Action Figures is packed with an immense variety of creative approaches to help it stay fresh, and the creators’ admirable technical skills and irrepressible sincerity make the album shine the entire way through.


Fans of ‘80s new wave will immediately hear familiar songwriting approaches on Action Figures. This authentic throwback sound is ironically rare within retrowave, with popwave artists like Gunship and The Midnight being heralded as ‘80s-style acts despite having little in common with music of the era. In contrast, Superdivorce’s knowledge and love of ‘80s pop and rock shines through unmistakably on the recording, blending organically with modern styles like post-millennium alt rock, pop punk, and post-hardcore. The result is an intriguing mix that... (continued at ironskullet.com)

 

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