Nocturnal. Future Holotape straddle the fence between gothier dance-pop and old-school Giorgio Moroder soundtracks on 2017’s Terra District 1. The heavier end of the modern synth spectrum is represented by French musician Shredder 1984 and L.A.’s FacexHugger, each performer an extreme-metal musician turned synth composer channeling darker instrumental sci-fi and horror-inspired soundscapes on their latest records – Shredder 1984’s Dystopian Future and FacexHugger’s Chasing Replicants.
The last few years have seen a resurgence in acts looking toward the synthesizer-driven sounds of the 1980s for new inspiration. Whether you call it synthwave or retro-wave, this bill showcases the wide spectrum encompassed by these genre tags. L.A. duos The Midnight — doing a DJ set here — and Future Holotape generate melodic, vocal-driven synth-pop creations. The Midnight are inspired by the chill, saxophone driven–pop of the ’80s on their 2017 record,