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Synthwave Sunday Monday: Ultraboss, Kyrie Electron

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Ultraboss - Kyrie Electron

If you aren’t excited by the term “shredwave” — which synthwave newcomer Ultraboss uses to describe his own sound — then kindly turn around and get right the fuck outta here.

In terms of synthwave (and synthwave-ish) acts we’ve covered here on Synthwave Sunday over the past two years, Ultraboss bears the most similarity to softshred pioneer and perennial MetalSucks mancrush Myrone. The lead guitars are often the melodic drivers on Ultraboss’s debut Kyrie Electron, but not always; you’re just as likely to hear a pulsating, analogue synth-driven dance banger as you are a Steve Vai / Joe Satriani-esque guitar-led tune, calling to mind Myrone’s earlier material like his smash hit “The Pump Master.”

Kyrie Electron is one of the best guitar-driven synthwave entries I’ve heard in quite a while. The melodies are incredibly strong throughout, Ultraboss has an extrmely keen sense of composition and a deep understanding of what makes a song a song and he’s among the best at sonic layering, making the album an auditory delight.

It’s out now via New Retro Wave, and you can stream it below and order it via Bandcamp.

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