Ulyssio / Psyclops
In the world of dark synthwave, there are very few who can keep up with the breakneck pace that Ulyssio maintains. The best way I can describe his newest album, Psyclops, is like arriving at the amusement park and seeing a ride that looks horrifying but you can't seem to look away...you just HAVE to ride it. Much like said ride, the album begins with an introduction, which would be like that first slow ascent upwards into the sky. Then, just when the anticipation reaches its peak, Ulyssio takes you for the plunge that doesn't stop. In short, he's the curator of the ultimate synthwave thrill ride.
Psyclops follows what has to be one of last years best, and certainly I high water mark for Ulyssio, in Arachnophony. How in the world is he going to top that feat? Somehow he's managed to better himself, like all great artists do. What impresses me most on Pysclops is how he handles tempo changes and the way he uses them to add some seriously brutal headbanging moments to the album...deftly fusing the metal genre with his own brand of dark synth. A lot of his French synthwave counterparts, and there are some heavyweight names on that list, try to incorporate these elements, but I think Ulyssio has succeeded where most fail.
It goes without saying that if you're a fan of hard hitting synthwave, Ulyssio has your ticket to ride right here. Psyclops is intense but it never takes itself too seriously, allowing you as a listener to have a blast as he drops you into the abyss. I'd like to also draw attention to the killer album artwork that Ulyssio created for Psyclops! Great job, sir!