Synth maestro, Wavewulf, is to release his latest album, Green Decay, on 5th February, a meditation on the destruction of the planet and the last vestiges of Mankind’s hope as told through a veritable history of electronic keyboard influences, from Krautrock to Synthwave. Released on the same day is the first single, A New Green World, a knowing nod to Brian Eno’s “Another Green World” but which sends a clear message to listeners as to the very real peril Earth currently faces.
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 which would grace many a technology museum but his forthcoming album looks less to the past and more to the future, or at least what remains of it. The first track to be released from the album, A New Green World, recognises the worldwide political turmoil which 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”).
Wavewulf’s Green Decay is released on 5th February and 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. Sometimes stark, sometimes moving, sometimes simply furiously catchy, it’s an album which is both musically magical and thematically incredibly prescient.