Synthwave is an incredible scene of music, bringing back the 80’s inspired by soundtrack music and the culture and excess of the 1980’s. One artist that brings it back is Jordy Leenarts, aka, Timecop1983. Under his belt there’s about 7 releases, all inspired by Dream-Pop, a style of pop that’s slow and relaxing and, well, dreamy. It’s beautiful music, go check it out. We’re not talking about Timecop1983, though. Well, we kind of are. Mr. Leenarts just announced last month his new music project called DIVISION, a project based around DarkSynth and Outrun. Obviously, I was prepared for such an occasion.
The “2083 EP” begins with the first track, “Act. 1”, which gives that same dreamy trance of Leenarts’ other music project, but with the dark soundscape score of a film like “The Park Is Mine” or even “Miracle Mile”, old Tangerine Dream scores. It’s a beautiful introduction to a project that will surely last many years to come. “The New Wave” is the second track, referencing many terms in it. It refers to the new wave genre of music, an incoming wave of enemies, or even the turn of the decade if you want to add psychology and such into it. It’s still an amazing track, slow and yet dark in mood and imagination.
Now we arrive at the third track, and the single released for the EP, “Lost In Time”. I had this playing for a week straight. I can’t ignore the brilliance of this song, it’s the best on the album. I couldn’t believe 5 minutes had passed by while listening to it, I thought it was an hour or even a month that had gone by. The dream-like synths, the darkened atmosphere, the build-up to the sight of an entire world covered in a grid, mountains are flat triangles, the sun is just a circle, no sphere. The world is unidentifiable. Finally, binary. We’re lost in time.
“Deja Vu” is the second to last track, and it features a scene from Blade Runner mixed with the song, which adds so much depth to it. The feelings I get are unlike Timecop1983’s pop and dreamy style of music, but a dark and gloomy adventure across a world made of time itself (it’s a reference I’m making here no-one will pick up on and if you do you get a free cookie). The final track features a new artist called Sonic Synergist, in which they collaborate on a track called “Escape from Orion”. This one adds the more fast-paced feelings into the fray, creating a vision in your head of any kind of chase or closing climax or credits scene, it’s an end to something, but what? It surely can’t be time, it never ends. It can’t be the world, it is infinite. Perhaps it’s an end to our journey, yes, that surely has to be it. Our journey has to end here, but let us never forget the glory that DIVISION has brought us, and only hope can bring us a new album or EP soon by this glorious project.