Inexplicably, at least for this author, the 80s has come back with a bang, taking control of about every single thing in the arts and entertainment. From movies to music, the industry has once again found inspiration in that era filled with wackiness, consumerism and lots of insanity. Almost like a little rehearse or a backstage of what came before and will come later. However, in that same thought, it seems like the 80s never left, but rather evolve. Since making a huge splash in that era, synthesizers may have never played so much of a fundamental role as it did back then, but so many subgenres and styles definitely have a lot to thank to it. Be it the somewhat more subtle as it’s the case of EDM or the most obvious, as in dream or synthpop.
Sharp Divide by Astronomique dives into the different spectrum of the late 70s progressive and art rock era of David Bowie with the New Wave of The Cure and Tears For Fears, ending with some subtle hints to much modern groups and artists like Chvrches, Billie Eillish and NONONO. “Forefathers” kicks off the album, throwing much of all the influences aforementioned into one song, creating the perfect cocktail and the epitome of the entire record. Most of the rest of the album dives into all these tempos, with some getting you in your feet and make you dance; while others are more, say, trippy and thoughtful.
Perhaps a few years back, this would have been an album made for a particular group of listeners, but today, as explained in the first paragraph – this record captures the best of what we’ve come to love from 80s music and resume it for an audience that may have not all the time of the world to listen every single band or artist from that decade.
Criteria - 95%
In the end, Sharp Divide by Astronomique is the greatest soundtrack of this time in our lives. A collection of songs that describes a moment in music history to perfection, while remaining subtly original to themselves while falling into the copycat trap. Wait no longer, and lose yourself in the sound.