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Synthwave EP Review: "Rehearsals Vol. 1" by Ferus Melek

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Initial Impressions

Ferus Melek’s Rehearsals Vol 1. EP has a feeling that I’d call majestic to it. There is a sweep and a feeling of power that underpins the music along with some intricate synth-shredding solos that fly through the tracks, oscillating pulsations of bass and the full sounding drums that throb through the music. I would characterize Rehearsals as an EP that paints vivid sonic pictures that have depth and richness to them.

The sense of majesty comes from the melodic content on Rehearsals. The melodies rise up over the music, full of sweeping energy. I feel a sense of vast spaces opening up around me and those powerful synth notes flowing into that vastness. There is something powerful in the melodic writing that compels me on this EP.

Along with the melodies, the synth solos add extra energy to the music. Ferus Melek plays intricate, leaping solos that have a strong flavour of electric guitar to them. They fly along and burst out with passages of interwoven notes that shimmer and cascade over the background of drums and bass.

That background has a coruscating energy to it that launches the tracks forward. The drums are strong and add depth along with the throbbing waves of bass that move through the openness of the tracks. Again that feeling of power permeates Rehearsals and makes it feel like a cinematic journey.

Track by Track Analysis

“Pulse Engage” encapsulates the various elements that make this EP interesting to me. There’s a throbbing beat that has a slightly off-kilter quality to it. That quality gives it a churning sense of forward motion driven by the percussion and bass. A melodic dancing synth line flies over the beats and bass, full of brightness and momentum.

I enjoy how the beat’s pulse slows down to showcase the rocking synth solo which comes in. The solo has a twining, intricate quality that shows off Ferus Melek’s chops on the synth. All of these different elements interact to create a sense of spaceflight that echoes the title nicely in my view.

There’s something about the background of choral synth sound on “Deus Ex Humana” which gives it a sort of reverent quality that I like. Add to this the powerful arcing solo that spins out its patterns of notes on a full-sounding synth and the drums and bass that have a pumping quality this track is permeated by a feeling of triumphant strength. The sheer movement and exuberance of the synths that shimmer and shine add yet more richness to the track. It has a feeling of intense energy that is seeking release.

“Dead Horizon” is best defined by the soaring and majestic melody that fills the track. Ferus Melek shows off his quick fingers and sharp ear with a synth solo soars out and adds complex layers of sound to the music. It has a beat that I’d call surging which only adds to the dramatic nature of the track.

A cinematic sweeping feeling fills the music as it conjures up a journey through outer space as a futuristic ship soars towards its final destination. The synth vox on the track adds a choral element in behind the other segments of the track while climbing, swirling arpeggios continue to bolster the feeling of motion.

There’s a fascinating quality to the lead synth on “Grace” which seems to emphasize the string-like quality of the piano’s sound. I also enjoy the throb of the tempo and the very fast arpeggios packing a whirl of sound in tightly behind that beat. There’s a twisted, knotty feeling as those arps continue developing.

The main melody is a combination of climbing sounds and a tragic edge which is a successful combination. It adds a certain depth of emotion which I feel keenly. I dig the finger-bending, ear massaging synth solo that cascades over the top of the airy, flowing synths that seem to emulate a choir.

Verdict

In my view, Ferus Melek is a particularly thoughtful creator of synthwave music. He takes the time to create a level of sonic detail and intricacy which adds depth to his writing. When one adds in his solo synth chops and his ear for melody, the end result doesn’t disappoint. Rehearsals only continues in the vein of his previous work and that is something I can get behind.


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