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Synth Single Review: "Rope Dancer" by Lunch On Mars

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


Lunch on Mars' Rope Dancer is a unique piece of synth-based music with a progressive and intriguing sound that has a certain intricacy and complexity to it that I enjoy hearing. It is a different take on where synth-related music can go and has some interesting musical elements.

It stars with bursting synth pulses echoing out as a stuttering beat moves over slowly oscillating bass with lots of percussion twitches, glitches and hops. The lead guitar comes in carrying a haunting melody that has a minor key, folk or world music inflected feeling to it. The track’s beat becomes dub-wise as it evolves and the synths snake and writhe over the beat.

The track’s pulse is strong and draws the ear in while the guitar’s strong as the other elements wind around it. I find that lead guitar really superb with the almost Middle Eastern feeling that it brings to the music adding real character to the piece.

Rope Dancer feels quite singular in its sound and Lunch on Mars wasn’t afraid to combine sounds and sensations in a fresh way which is something I always find enjoyable. I am curious to explore more of their music.

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