Gunship take flight with flame, fury & sax on ‘Dark All Day’ – Review

a3226712530_10By Jack

Brit synthwavers Gunship changed the game with their self-titled LP in 2015. The trio married the dusty sounds of retro synth music with contemporary production and live drumming, making for an eye-catching spectacle.

‘Dark All Day’ doubles down on the atmosphere, with a more aggressive sound. Synth melodies are still the springboard, but this time they are joined by jugging guitar and saxophone wail. This comes courtesy of acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Tim Cappello, who lent his stylings to The Lost Boys. The drama of the song is punctuated, and accelerated by the irregular bursts of emotive sax.

Vocal duties are split between Gunship themselves and guest Indiana, whose No Romeo was something of a synth masterwork in itself. She has a natural feel for this sort of material: dramatic, nocturnal synth music. Her impassioned & smoky croon fits the tone perfectly.

While the heart-shattering majesty of ‘Tech Noir’ is yet to be bested, ‘Dark All Day’ is a fiery comeback from one of the most exciting acts in synth. A feverish night vision of an apocalyptic utopia, with an absolutely gorgeous video (natch) Gunship are back and their second album is going to be huge. Watch this space.

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