Straplocked / Leecher
Straplocked is back and he's got one of 2018's most intense EPs in tow. Leecher is a compact four track EP featuring Dana Jean Phoenix, Kashmir11, MandiMae, and Thunder Porpoise, and if that doesn't get you excited you may want to check your pulse! He's definitely one of the best talents in the synthwave scene and with releases like this, it's easy to see why.
The EP is inspired by the Leecher webcomic by the artist Mafer. Creating an audio space that conveys a visual is no easy task but Straplocked has done exactly that. Each track seems to expand out in all directions, allowing the listener to close their eyes and immerse themselves into the space. From start to finish this release stands out as the work of a premiere artist who is just hitting their stride. I honestly don't even know if I can pick a favorite track because they're all so strong. 2018 is going to make me work hard to nail down the Synthy nominees...Leecher is most certainly an EP of the Year contender. Check it out now over at Bandcamp and see what I mean!