A must have for every synthwave fan! I am a sucker for well-placed spoken parts and ambient sounds. They elegantly enhance the atmosphere of an already excellent EP. Very much looking forward to Act 2!
Favorite track: Meet Me At The Dance.
The year is 2087. A lot has changed in the preceding hundred years (except the music apparently). Corruption is rife, prisons are crowded, overpopulation has forced humans to scour space for precious resources.
RIDE ALL NIGHT
Curfew has fallen on the megacity of San Kanen. A lone rider cuts a mean figure through the black night: our hero, Roy.
Roy sits with his pal Dom looking out over the city and waxes existential.
MEET ME AT THE DANCE
Roy sneaks into the mansion gardens of the most powerful and corrupt politician in San Kanen. He is looking for someone. Specifically, a daughter of said politician. More specifically, the one named Stella.
THREE TRIBES, TWO LAPS, ONE WINNER, NO RULES
Three gangs battle for turf in a ride to the death. Roy is the fastest rider on the streets. He has to win. For the gang, for him, for her. But the fuzz have caught wind of what's afoot and have Roy in their sights.
SENTENCED TO SPACE
Roy lies amid the wreckage of his bike as a police droid closes in. He is sentenced without trial and found guilty of violating curfew, reckless endangerment, destruction of municipal property and high treason! Surely he's been set up. The punishment is 15 years hard labour on the Kepler mining colony, light years away. A death sentence. No one survives the hellish conditions of the off world mining colony.
Roy is grievously injured, almost dead. He passes in and out of consciousness. A medic droid rebuilds him from the ground up to withstand the heightened gravity and hard labour of the mining colony.
Unconscious, our hero is shipped off to the launch facility and shot into space with his fellow inmates.
Somewhere in the city thousands of miles below, Stella awaits Roy's arrival at the dance, unaware of his fate.
Will the lovers be reunited? Will Roy ever make it home? Will there be a sequel? Depends how the first one goes really. Stay tuned for ACT 2!
released July 12, 2015
Roy (voice) - Paul Henri
Stella (voice) - Ngaire Dawn Fair
Dom - James Ballard
Announcer/Cockney prisoner - James Stanistreet
Roy (images) - Jackson Gallagher
Stella (images) - Felicity Burke
Produced and composed by James Ballard.
Saxophone: Richard Butler
Guitar: James Bowen
Artwork: James Ballard
Logo: Blood and Chrome