Synth maestro, Wavewulf, released his latest album, Green Decay, on the 5th February. It’s a meditation on the destruction of the planet told through a veritable history of electronic keyboard influences, from Krautrock to Synthwave. The first single, “A New Green World”, was released on the same day, with a knowing nod to Brian Eno’s Another Green World. Wavewulf is sending a clear message to listeners about the very real peril of our Earth.
Based in New Jersey, Wavewulf’s (Nicholas Long) passion for synths has seen him amass a personal collection of Korgs, Moogs and other analogue treasures. Although such things would grace many a technology museum, his forthcoming album looks less to the past and more to the future, or at least what remains of it. “A New Green World” recognises the worldwide political turmoil that strangles attempts to control pollution levels and threatens our environment (“hitting the same wall as the night before”) whilst also seeing glimpses of hope (“When I look into my son’s eyes, the stars shine bright”).
Since then Wavewulf has released “Coming Home” as a single, and he plans to release his last single, “Icicles Melting”, on the 27th February, so watch out for it.
Green Decay delivers textured, layered soundscapes and shifting tones which bring to mind electronic innovators such as Brian Eno; Wendy Carlos and the kosmiche musik sounds of bands like Faust, Can and Kraftwerk. It’s stark, moving and furiously catchy, an album both musically and thematically relevant.