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Behind The Sky label boss and established electronic producer Bluetech returns with his first new music since 2019s two Billboard charting albums Sci-Fi Lullabies (top #10) and Holotrope (top #5). Originally slated for release early in 2020, the global pandemic and interruption in supply chains pushed the release until later in the year. Continuing Behind The Sky’s mission to present new modular and analogue synthesizer music with a tip of the hat to classics of the genre, Underwater Cities features a gorgeous Moebius inspired original sleeve design by award winning UK illustrator Guy Warley.
Underwater Cities is a short but sweet nod to electro, detroit, warm vintage pads and the joy of vintage analogue synths. Using a restricted palette of sounds almost exclusively generated from the circuits of classic electronic gear like the Roland SH-101, TB-303, TR-808 and Juno 60, this release wades into unabashedly melodic territory with tongue firmly placed in cheek and a nod to the electronic music of Kirk Degiorgio, Dopplereffekt / Drexciya and the early work of Higher Intelligence Agency.
Underwater Cities contains five original tracks which range from aquatic beatless arpeggiated tracks with lush detroit inspired chord progressions to 808 driven acid lines as well as a remix from Behind The Sky artist Pleasure Corporation.
Meant as a palette cleanser after the complex concepts of 2020s multi-genre Holotrope, Underwater Cities represents a left turn to splash around in the analog bubblebath and enjoy a little cheek before getting back to “serious” music. Graced with the signature Bluetech attention to detail and focus on melody, this release encourages a little body wobble and psychic tickle to get you through your lockdown blues.
2. Underwater Cities
3. Lights from Mariana
4. Emerald Prisms
5. Lights from Mariana (Pleasure Corporation Remix)
6. Surface Radiance