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Return of the synth: Introducing Mastodon side project Arcadea

The music of the 80s has seen a resurgence in recent years, and the latest convert to these nostalgic sounds is Mastodon’s Brann Dailor, with his synth-heavy prog rock side project Arcadea

With the world in a state of flummoxed turmoil, music fans can surely be forgiven for indulging in a little nostalgic regression. With that in mind, the recent resurgence in enthusiasm for the sizzling, synthesised sounds of the early 80s makes perfect sense: within the bubbling hiss of old school synths lies a familiar and yet curiously timeless sound that evokes memories of classic horror flicks, televisual schlock and the unerring allure of skewed dystopian visions. But not until the arrival of Arcadea – effectively a synth-driven prog rock trio, powered by Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor – has the synth been employed with such vigour and vivacity. A mere few seconds into the tooth-rattling opening track on Arcadea’s self-titled debut, it’s obvious that something entirely new and yet irresistibly nostalgic has been spawned. As Dailor explains to Prog, the whole bewildering enterprise stems from a long-held and localised passion for making strange music.


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