Taken from his forthcoming synth / spoken word album ‘Full Circuit’, out on January 21st 2022 via Pretty Decent Music, Synthetic Bliss is the new release from British composer and producer Mat Andasun, and we’re delighted to be able to premiere it right here on Backseat Mafia today.
Of the album, Andasun writes “This album is my nod to the influences of the 1970s on my writing — the throb of arpeggiated synths underpinning sweeping soundscapes bound together by a narrative, in the manner so beloved by the concept albums of the time. In contrast to the character of the music, the story is not rooted in time nor place. The plot is simple and sparse, encouraging the listener to use the music to continue the character’s journey. The videos, based on Rémy Auger’s amazing artwork, add another layer of retro meaning to the album as they bring to mind Alan Turing’s post-war experimentation with machine learning. Even though I had a very distinct period of music in mind when I wrote the album, the making of it was done in a very 21st-Century way — totally ‘in the box’ with no hardware synths used at all.”
Inhabiting the ambient, neo-classical worlds that the likes of Max Richter, Nils Frahm and Ólafur Arnalds inhabit, Andasun lays these beautiful synth lines on top of each other, that then bubble and weave amongst eachother in such a way as to melt any resistance you may have had to it. Almost like a little vignette as soon as it appears fully formed its gone.
A little gem, check it out, here