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Synth Single Review: "Sentimental" by Ankh Wave

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


Ankh Wave’s Sentimental combines deep emotion with energy and layered complexity. As the track begins, a delicate synth with a mournful air traces lines over huge, bursting snare drum and slowly flowing bass. Drifting, sharp-edged synth carries the hurting, longing melody over massive drums and gritty bass.

Angular energy fills the hard-hitting drums and solid bass before electric guitar cries out, melancholy but rich in tone. The drums keep throbbing and volleying, medium-low synth adds form to the music. The guitar is aching and haunted while the drums and bass give shape to the other sonic elements.

Now the ghostly guitar is tinged by a yearning feeling as the unrelenting percussive pulse supports it. Slowly expanding, rough-edged synth fills the music with tender hurt as it unfolds. Smoothly gliding, rounded synths creamily slip through. Underneath it all, the drums and bass fall silent.

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