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Home by LWTHR is an album full of dreamy drifts of warm sound, lovingly crafted melodies, and a wide range of synth tones, timbres, and textures that create rich aural imagery in the listener’s mind.
Softly glowing, floating soundscapes sparkle with light and glide effortlessly along. The dreamy, misty quality of many parts of the album is the first element that I believe makes Home work well. While listening to music, it’s the mental equivalent of taking a deep, cleansing breath.
His melodies are simple, memorable, and emotional. I like how many of them are upbeat and hopeful, but there’s always a hint of melancholy or sadness in them. LWTHR also has a knack for writing melodies, as evidenced by the album. For me, there’s something touching about that combination.
The synth choices on Home have a lot of depth and richness to them. All of the different musical elements work together to create a full sounding album, including full bass and solid drums. LWTHR experiments with a wide range of synth sounds, from clear and sharp to gentler and more flowing.
“Pathfinder Mission” begins with trembling, rattling sounds filling the vast open void of space, followed by a steadily rising series of cosmic, caressing notes and uplifting piano chords.
An elevated, metallic synth carries a gleaming synth line that reflects the waves of lambent sound that throb out over the steady beat. As the solid, pulsating drumbeat adds form to the music, full arpeggios glisten and dance.
As piano chords climb and sing into the track, a repeating, trembling synth line rises and falls. I find myself drawn to the track’s cascading torrents of light. While delicate aural mist swirls, shimmering synths play extended lines of oscillating sound.
The caressing nature of the melody in this track appeals to me. Soft, ticking percussion becomes a throbbing pulse, and whorls of synth coalesce and cry out a hopeful, heartwarming melody over the substantial drums as computerized, round sounding waves of medium-high synth ripple across the surface of “Aurora Australis.”
While arpeggios spread in glowing ripples and warm chords flow, the bright melody dreams over the chest deep beat. There’s a brief moment of silence before the steady beat returns to shape the music. As it glimmers into the open air of the music, a rich, slightly distorted series of notes moves behind the melodic line, wobbling a little.
The opening notes of “Dreaming Cities” have a twisting edge to them as they move in a tide of oscillating sound. As another bursting, wandering synth with a technological feel flickers and washes outwards through the track, a lush, slightly sharp-edged synth carries an unsettled melodic pattern.
This track gives the impression of a dream that isn’t entirely pleasant. While the beat pulsates and adds motion to the track, a circular, glistening sound shifts. Before the track returns to the “A” section, the melodic synths expand and another evolving, shifting line of synth flows out in an oscillating rush.
The music’s message of hope has a profound effect on me. To begin “Perpetual Motion,” a full, intertwined synth wash is joined by a warmly lapping melody that sings out with light and ease.
While stacked, ever climbing chords are broken up by a quickly spinning arpeggio, an elevated, shimmering line of synth soars upwards over the steady beat’s gliding throb.
A robotic voice repeats the phrase “Nobody’s stopping us now,” and stuttering, throbbing broken beats move along with nasal-sounding, leaping arpeggios that move in dense clouds, emphasizing the song’s hopeful message. Before the track breaks to the robotic voice and smoothly sliding and sparkling tides of sound, climbing, drifting synths keep adding brightness.
Before a massive drum fill, chip sounds arpeggiate and wriggle their way through the track. Rapidly leaping lines of chip sound rip through the music, and the patterns of vibrating synth sound continue unabated. Expanding circles of medium-low synth hat vibrate out into the music over the slow tempo of the drums in “Sega Blue Skies,” creating dense, slightly gritty washes of sound.
Before glimmering, leaping chip sounds flicker through in a surging tide before silence falls, expansive synth chords add depth and a feeling of fullness. A synth that gives the music a rocking feel rises and falls in uneven pulses. This track has a feeling of energetic agitation that I really like.
With a delicate airy background and sweeping synth notes that extend out over it, “Andromeda Initiative” comes to life. The beat enters the track with a solid weight to propel it forward. The main melody’s addictive combination of gentleness and wistful aching draws me in as descending musical patterns are carried by a medium-low, round synth. As a steady pulsation of sunlit synth moves in lines that flow on and on, a glittering arpeggio circles slowly.
While the drums continue to shape and propel the music forward in a smooth forward motion, the pained, softly touching melody slips into the track. The beat and a bass oscillation that flows into the echoing drift are now matched by the lead synth, which breaks into descending sound patterns. Before coruscating, slow bursts of synth move over the reverberating echoes of glowing sound beneath, there’s a drum fill.
On Home, LWTHR creates luscious, intricate soundscapes that combine his melodic chops with a sense of hope and dreaming that is tragic and melancholy. This album relaxes me while still keeping me engaged as a listener.