Atrey – Supernova EP
Atrey – Supernova EP
I always appreciate an artist who doesn’t categorize themselves. They just go with whatever works at the time or whatever hits that inspiration nerve or strikes them as interesting. In synth and retrowave this makes you a bit of an outsider because a lot of people in the scene are scoring imaginary action movies, telling epic sci-fi adventures, or composing retro porn soundtracks. So when I sat down with the Supernova EP, I was pleasantly surprised. Atrey inhabits a very strange intersection of synth. There are many things going on in such a short EP that it’s hard to pin down exactly what he’s trying to do, precisely. This isn’t an indictment, because I tend to like artists who compose according to impulse and emotion as opposed to maintaining a theme. There’s some glitch, some funk, some horror, and even some Daft Punk-ish vocoded vocals. I would even hesitate to call him a retrowave artist, because that would limit his range and make you, dear reader, assume what his sound is like.
The Supernova EP starts off with the titular track that builds with ominous synth and sparse, creepy harpsichord keys. It jumps directly to a glitched melody and some satisfying dashes of slap bass before peaking with a killer guitar riff. It’s a very accessible track, one suited for night driving.
Putting an absolute halt to the momentum, ‘So Far Away’ is a slow yet sparkling disco ballad that puts me in a romantic mood. Very big snares and some wailing guitar make it a perfect track to shed some tears to, if you’re into that kind of thing. Cranking up the momentum once more is ‘Vertigo’, a somewhat glitchy, French house influenced sci fi/horror trip down strangely empty streets.
By far the most charming, catchy and emotional song on this EP is ‘Naomi’. It’s got a mid tempo, undulating beat with hints of cowbell and retro stabs underneath a cut up guitar riff. It makes me nostalgic for loves past and I found myself hitting repeat and just kind of spacing out to it after I got tired of dancing. If I had to recommend just one song, it’s this one.
Atrey is a versatile artist and this is just a hint of things to come. He’s just released a single featuring retro goddess Dana Jean Phoenix so big things are definitely on his horizon. A solid effort and I can’t wait to hear more.