Close your eyes and breathe deeply with this one, as Synkro returns for his third release on Apollo with four new productions of affecting, midnight electronica.
Joe McBride’s ear for inimitable melodies has always fit his intricate percussion patterns like a glove. On the Lost Here EP, however, the Synkro project has been elevated to a new level with subtle flourishes of pop structure and two standout vocal performances by Robert Manos.
“Lost Here” ascends to the clouds, hovering on cavernous chords that wrap Manos’ words in a cocoon as rhythms flit underneath. Touching down again, “In My Arms” calls on oscillating layers of synthesizer to create a dreamlike environment, isolating Manos’ vocals in an antechamber of space and sound. The B-side slinks in with a playful bass riff on “Nights of Pleasure,” underpinning celestial waves of chimes, tones, and chords before “Fading Lights” suspends each element in zero-gravity as a pure, heat-treated distillation of the Synkro sound.