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Synth Single Review: "Stakeout" by Jokerhed

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


Jokerhed’s Stakeout is a strongly atmospheric, shadowy synth journey through dangerous soundscapes that evoke tension leavened by moments of light. Gritty, harsh sounds move through wide-open sonic space as the track begins. Heaving, thick bass moves along with huge retro drums.

A hard-edged synth with string-like qualities carries a writhing, ominous note pattern as male voices contribute to the increasing sense of a lurking threat. The drums have powerful propulsion and the bass hits me in the chest with full force. Now brighter, string-like synth echoes in wriggling lines that flow and fade. They create textured ripples that add some light to the track as crackling vocal samples move.

Again the heavy, dynamic combination of drums and bass pushes the music on. String-like synth shifts in angular lines that brim over with shadow as brighter strings tremble over the growling bass. The drums shape the music as the whole track conveys feelings of tension and dark energy. The vibrating strings echo out with a steady flow over massive percussive power before the track ends.

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