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Synth Single Review: "Living Phantoms Remix" by Bolo Tie Fighter

Karl is a longtime freelancer who's passionate about music, art, and writing.


Bolo Tie Fighter’s Living Phantoms remix combines haunting emotion and dynamic motion. Flat, tapping sounds shift with rumbling bass and smoothly bursting drums below the nervous synths floating out. Piano notes wander in a melancholy, minor key line as organ-like synth sweeps in and voices float out. Flanging, expanding synths undulate as the organ-like chords add dramatic tension.

The main melody is enigmatic and devious, moving over throbbing drums and densely rumbling bass. A high synth wanders in minor key notes as brighter chords rise behind them.. A twisting, shadowed quality imbues the lead synth as it unfolds, adding to the sense of tension. A metallic bell adds gleam to the percussion over throbbing bass pulsation.

Rising, expanding notes bend upward and bass growls far below as drums burst. Hollow, airy notes flicker while elevated synth carries the mysterious, spectral melody. Rich organ winds out in melancholy chords above bursting drums as oscillating, tumbling low synth whirls along with haunted voices. There’s darkness and roaming feelings in this track that create a sense of ghostly drifting.

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