Synthwave Single Review: Apex Moon, Crü Jones
While some people tussle over what synthwave actually *is* as a genre of music, others just get on with it and make fascinating music. As far as I’m concerned, genre is really unimportant other than as a vague classification. Crü Jones’ latest single Apex Moon is a good example of what happens when a producer just goes for it and makes music that suits them.
Although some hardcore synthwave fans might wonder about how adding ‘80s acid/trip hop sounds would work, this is a solid track in my opinion. The driving beat underneath keeps things moving in a very synthwave sort of way, but with that lo-fi groove to add a bit of a swing to the proceedings.
His choice of synth sounds only helps add to the sense of sliding down darkened streets in a supercar. There’s a sense of openness in the synths, giving an expansive sensation of endless ribbons of asphalt. The swirling arps and the warm melody have been constructed to weave in and out of the bass and drums, providing a sense of forward movement.
The incorporation of acid/trip-hop elements adds a nice dimension of interest to this track. It stops the track from moving too far into retrowave territory by keeping it fresh.The sounds are there merely to enhance, not to overtake the overall production. I found it quite unique to hear sounds associated with an earlier era of electronic music. They worked well with the auditory palette of this track which definitely has drifting, swirling elements similar to what you might find in ‘90s trip hop.
If this atmospheric, driving track is anything to go by, I’ll be happy to hear whatever Crü Jones comes up with next.