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Metro Riders // Lost In Reality LP

Metro Riders // Lost In Reality LP

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This is a record released by the Swedish synthwave artist Metro Riders from Gothenburg in September 2023 on the country's Possible Motive.

Contains eight left-field synthwave to Balearic ambient house songs inspired by John Carpenter's 1988 cult science fiction film They Live. DL code included. 

Below is a commentary by the label.

"A pungent ooze emanates from the subway. Sticky drum machine sequences rise like a thick fog, and swirls of icy synths rise from the abyss.

Since their debut album Europe By Night, one of the main references associated with Henrik Stelzer and his project Metro Riders has been cinema, specifically European genre films of the 1980s.Its grimy themes manifested in both the visual style and the music, and the atmosphere of the era crystallized over time.Inherited from deteriorated videocassettes, it has become a valuable key to deciphering modern reality.

Stelzer makes no secret of his emphasis on atmosphere on this album.The track titles refer to that atmosphere, and a special recording setup consisting of FOSTEX and reel-to-reel is utilized to achieve and recreate the feel of the soundtrack being heard on magnetic tape rather than vinyl.

In Stelzer's hands, movie soundtracks, as arbitrary definitions of genre, become a pair of x-ray machines for envisioning the kind of music that plays with grain and contrast rather than hooks and choruses.And like Roddy Piper in John Carpenter's 1988 film They Live, he hands us the glasses and lets us see the true face of our time.

In Lost In Reality, Metro Riders explores the emotional geography of the city at night, where cinematic haze becomes a tool for seeing the city with new eyes.It doesn't distract from the dark alleyways or the harsh realities of modern politics disguised as progress.But in the end, escapism seems to be the only viable option.But not as a destination, but as a stepping stone to building a new vocabulary for a utopian language. "

Labels and other worksClick here for the guidelines. ///Click here to see more Possible Motive releases available at Tobira. 

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Includes DL code. 12" black vinyl. 

Tracklist:

  1. Rattornas Vinter 04:57
  2. Spasm 04:19
  3. Contrebande 05:21
  4. Non Fiction 04:30
  5. Aenigma 04:32
  6. Shocking Dark 06:36
  7. Lia Rousseau 03:34
  8. Lost In Reality 03:12

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Possible Motive: Possible Motive:

"A pungent ooze emanates from the subway. As a sticky drum machine sequence rolls out like thick dark fog, ice cold synth swirls rise from the depths.

Since the debut album Europe By Night, one of the main references associated with Henrik Stelzer and his Metro Riders project has been that of cinema, and particularly the European genre films of the 1980s. With its seedy subject matters manifesting both in visual style and music , the vibe of that era has crystallized over time. Passed down to us from deteriorating video cassettes, it became an invaluable key to decoding our present day reality.

And this is true for this album as well; Stelzer does not hide the fact that he builds heavily on that vibe; referencing it through track titles and utilizing a particular recording setup consisting of a Fostex and a reel to reel in order to achieve and recreate the feeling of those soundtracks — as heard on magnetic tape rather than vinyl.

The motion picture soundtrack as an arbitrary genre definition becomes, in the hands of Stelzer, a pair of X-ray specs for him to envision a kind of music that deals in grains and contrasts rather than hooks and choruses. And like Roddy Piper in John Carpenter's 1988 film They Live, he hands those glasses over for us to see the true face of our times.

On Lost In Reality Metro Riders maps out an emotional geography of the cities at night, however the cinematic haze becomes a tool by which we can view them with new eyes. Not steering away from the darker alleys nor the harsh realities of modern day politics masquerading as progress. Yet escapism, in the end, seems the only viable option. But not as an endgame, but rather a stepping stone for building a new vocabulary for an utopian language.
 "

Artist : Metro Riders

Label: Possible Motive

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This is a record released by the Swedish synthwave artist Metro Riders from Gothenburg in September 2023 on the country's Possible Motive.

Contains eight left-field synthwave to Balearic ambient house songs inspired by John Carpenter's 1988 cult science fiction film They Live. DL code included. 

Below is a commentary by the label.

"A pungent ooze emanates from the subway. Sticky drum machine sequences rise like a thick fog, and swirls of icy synths rise from the abyss.

Since their debut album Europe By Night, one of the main references associated with Henrik Stelzer and his project Metro Riders has been cinema, specifically European genre films of the 1980s.Its grimy themes manifested in both the visual style and the music, and the atmosphere of the era crystallized over time.Inherited from deteriorated videocassettes, it has become a valuable key to deciphering modern reality.

Stelzer makes no secret of his emphasis on atmosphere on this album.The track titles refer to that atmosphere, and a special recording setup consisting of FOSTEX and reel-to-reel is utilized to achieve and recreate the feel of the soundtrack being heard on magnetic tape rather than vinyl.

In Stelzer's hands, movie soundtracks, as arbitrary definitions of genre, become a pair of x-ray machines for envisioning the kind of music that plays with grain and contrast rather than hooks and choruses.And like Roddy Piper in John Carpenter's 1988 film They Live, he hands us the glasses and lets us see the true face of our time.

In Lost In Reality, Metro Riders explores the emotional geography of the city at night, where cinematic haze becomes a tool for seeing the city with new eyes.It doesn't distract from the dark alleyways or the harsh realities of modern politics disguised as progress.But in the end, escapism seems to be the only viable option.But not as a destination, but as a stepping stone to building a new vocabulary for a utopian language. "

Labels and other worksClick here for the guidelines. ///Click here to see more Possible Motive releases available at Tobira. 

----------------------------

Includes DL code. 12" black vinyl. 

Tracklist:

  1. Rattornas Vinter 04:57
  2. Spasm 04:19
  3. Contrebande 05:21
  4. Non Fiction 04:30
  5. Aenigma 04:32
  6. Shocking Dark 06:36
  7. Lia Rousseau 03:34
  8. Lost In Reality 03:12

++

Possible Motive: Possible Motive:

"A pungent ooze emanates from the subway. As a sticky drum machine sequence rolls out like thick dark fog, ice cold synth swirls rise from the depths.

Since the debut album Europe By Night, one of the main references associated with Henrik Stelzer and his Metro Riders project has been that of cinema, and particularly the European genre films of the 1980s. With its seedy subject matters manifesting both in visual style and music , the vibe of that era has crystallized over time. Passed down to us from deteriorating video cassettes, it became an invaluable key to decoding our present day reality.

And this is true for this album as well; Stelzer does not hide the fact that he builds heavily on that vibe; referencing it through track titles and utilizing a particular recording setup consisting of a Fostex and a reel to reel in order to achieve and recreate the feeling of those soundtracks — as heard on magnetic tape rather than vinyl.

The motion picture soundtrack as an arbitrary genre definition becomes, in the hands of Stelzer, a pair of X-ray specs for him to envision a kind of music that deals in grains and contrasts rather than hooks and choruses. And like Roddy Piper in John Carpenter's 1988 film They Live, he hands those glasses over for us to see the true face of our times.

On Lost In Reality Metro Riders maps out an emotional geography of the cities at night, however the cinematic haze becomes a tool by which we can view them with new eyes. Not steering away from the darker alleys nor the harsh realities of modern day politics masquerading as progress. Yet escapism, in the end, seems the only viable option. But not as an endgame, but rather a stepping stone for building a new vocabulary for an utopian language.
 "

Artist : Metro Riders

Label: Possible Motive