LUEUR VERTE – Crystalica
The fabulous French synthwave entity Lueur Verte, which is the brainchild of Michael Brun, originally released this near-flawless mini-album/EP digitally back in 2013, but thanks to the good people at Darkhan Music this particular gem has at long last been issued on vinyl and CD.
"Crystalica" is a subtly dark, slightly melancholy piece of work that embodies the feel and atmosphere of the 80s beautifully. With a focused instrumental tapestry and a truly unique vibe, there is absolutely nothing run-of-the-mill or derivative about the five trance-inducing compositions that constitute this electronic noir-ish opus. A trippy epic that is elegantly written – would that be an apt description perhaps? This stuff is chilling at times and regardless of whether you cherish futuristic 80s movies, retrowave music, Ulver’s "Flowers of Evil", or even the soundtracks to the movies "Drive" and "Summer of 84", this one is a fucking mandatory buy. Again, let me stress the fact that these dark, danceable, and synth-driven symphonies possess a genuinely authentic 80s aura and this is simply pristine-sounding, hypnotic brilliance. You cannot afford to miss out on this one!
"Crystalica" is deftly executed and an impressive musical vision that oozes plenty of nuance, with songwriting and melody remaining key. Like I said, you need this – badly!