Review: Best known as a collaborator and co-writer on the legendary John Carpenter's recent Halloween score - as well as his Lost Themes and Anthology albums - Daniel Davies now presents his debut album on Kent based imprint Burning Witches. Featured on this eight track LP is a captivating imaginary soundtrack: otherworldly instrumentals that expand on the British-American musician's distinct talent for wringing modernistic soundscapes from vintage synths. It brings to mind the classic synthesized scores of the '70s and '80s. In addition to his work with Carpenter (his godfather), Davies is known for his work with the rock bands Year Long Disaster, Karma to Burn and CKY.
Review: Cory Kilduff is probably best known for being the synth-wielding singer from experimental electro-punk fusionists The Rise. Here he goes solo, delivering his first full-length "proper" following an ultra-limited, self-released debut cassette back in 2016. "When It All Gets To Be Too Much" was apparently inspired by "Molly Ringwald's roles in John Hughes movies" of the 1980s. Kilduff certainly nails the polished-but-lo-fi feel of synthesizer-heavy music of the period, serving up 10 hugely entertaining synth-scapes that touch on a variety of moods. Compare and contrast, for example, the rushing, kaleidoscopic cheeriness of "Not Like The Others", the melancholic instrumental synth-pop sorrow of "Chestnut Hills" and the church organ-fired horror soundtrack chic of "Higher Education".