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MoonlitRain014

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Cookie-cutter synthwave songs are becoming an unfortunate reality as the genre becomes more popular. People can, if they’re so inclined simply find some drum patches, some synth patches and VSTs and kind of assemble all of the elements into something roughly approximating synthwave. This, thankfully, is not what Neon Arcadia does. Their latest single Cruise Control, in collaboration with Tom Selica, is far from a clichéd synthwave song. It isn’t a stereotypical piece from many angles. From the very beginning, the drums are not what one would necessarily expect from a traditional synthwave song. This, of course, is down to actually using a real drummer, as opposed to using virtual drums on the song. The drummer’s metal background comes through and adds a nice edge to the music.



The synth riff that underpins the track is rocking but also has a bright quality that contrasts with the darker...
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