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Picture a laidback night drive into the city. The neon lights on the buildings you drive past shine brighter when synthwave enthusiast Michael Oakley’s new album Odyssey plays on full blast as you soak up the view during your nighttime adventure. Released via NewRetroWave Records, this latest album is already sitting at #4 on Bandcamp’s Worldwide Album Charts in the Electronic Album category since its release. Oakley’s music has also been featured in video games like Wave Break: High Tide and Retro Drive.
The artist shared his gratitude for this new album release on social media: “This album has been over two years in the making, writing and developing it and I’ve pushed to create something unique, bold and a progression from my previous work. I’ve also worked with a superstar cast of collaborators to achieve the sound and direction I wanted that includes Ollie Wride, Dana Jean Phoenix, Mecha Maiko, Brothertiger, The New Division and Jon Campbell.”
Definitely not solely focused on the synthwave genre, the artist takes a more progressive direction with his music and the result sounds like the future of wave music in our opinion. Acoustic elements collide with synth notes to create an anthemic listening experience for all who give this album a try. It is definitely worth the listen for anyone that loves electronic music and beyond. There is a Definite element on this album that everyone can enjoy.
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