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Synth Single Review: "Silent Hillwave" by Man From Space

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


Man From Space’s Silent Hillwave creates a worried, shadowy audio world that reflects the darkness of the Silent Hill games. Broken snatches of a woman’s distorted voice echo out over a hazy floating bed of ethereal synth as a hard-hitting synthwave bass line and massive drums put forward motion into the music. A slightly rough-edged, medium-high synth flow bursts into a twining, repeating pattern of threatened-sounding synth, adding worry to the music along with a feeling of increasing tension.

The synth moves to a high, piano-like sound and the nervousness and desire to look over one’s shoulder grows even more powerful. The beat is continuous as the high notes move into a segment with quickly throbbing, distant bass that underpins the piano swirls and snippets of broken voices along with a digital “beep.” A lingering, distant sound washes over the cutting pulse of the drums in a sweeping wave. The track fades out on ringing, hollow bells moving in rising lines in a hissing static before silence falls.

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