Wild Insane renders a portrait of 21st century intoxication where we yearn for 80s melodies and a break from post-traumatic stress.
It has been almost two years since Vandal Moon released Teenage Daydream Conspiracy merging a stylized 80s synth-sound with a blend of dark neo-psychedelia and dream pop – now Blake Voss (vocals, guitars, synthesizers and principal songwriter) is joined by Jeremy Einsiedler (drum machines and synthesizers) to continue the dark journey of electronic and post-punk themes.
“Well I can lie, live, love and freak – suffering her and I love me – dreaming of god and I am real – sucking it down, I take my pill…”
from “Baby Sounds”
With the fifth release, the new Vandal Moon LP delivers eight tracks that not only as Voss describes “cover a lot of themes of alienation and dystopia” but also carries out a divergent message from what can at times feel like a monologue of gloom and darkness in portraying the subject.
Starting off with “Baby Sounds” and “Computer Love” the album assembles synths and an elegant electronic beat that beckons you to the dance-floor. The title-track and “The Bomb” take us back to an era of sound that is unmistakably a road to 80s sensuality and style. The album fills-out with flair and layers of sound that are dreamy and a delight to hear as with the instrumental sound of bass and feedback-laden guitar on “Nevermore”. Wild Insane delivers and is great example for the future of new wave.
In addition to Wild Insane it is worth mentioning the separate remix of “Baby Sounds (FM Attack Remix)” with its unique guitar and bass arrangements.
Wild Insane will be released April 20th across digital stores and streaming platforms on Starfield Music (the label created by FM Attack) and is available for pre-order via Bandcamp.