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Synth Single Review: "The Way Things Were" by ByteMapper

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


ByteMapper’s The Way Things Were is a track with a lost, wistful feeling to it along with a sense of delicate ease underpinned by an insistent, steady beat. The track starts with flow of waves and ambient sound. A distant, fragile synth plays woody notes along with soft static and the sound of wind. The distorting synth bends gently as a smooth beat taps into the track. A sense of serenity oozes out of the music here.

The static flow adds to the softness and the whole track has an airy feeling to it. Electric bass moves in rich patterns of interlocking notes as the trembling synth bends and that steady beat ticks on and on. A wandering. jazzy guitar solos in a dreamy drift of notes, slightly distant and floating, making for a relaxed glide through the music as the beat keeps throbbing. The whole track has an ethereal, misty quality to it. I find it quite soothing as one glides along on the easy sounds.

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